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Brains versus Beauty (revisited)

by 6 March 06, 2013

[caption id="attachment_391" align="aligncenter" width="500"]Darcy I got it from a crummy website.  Darcy I got this photo from a crummy website.[/caption]

The topic of Brains versus Beauty is historic, yet freshening because everyone attempts to rationalize their answer. Out of the dozens of individuals that I engaged in a discussion about the subject, it was rare that someone answered in one thought or sentence. With enthusiasm the debate continues, knowing that it has all been said. The only way to make this topic unique or refreshing is to agree with everyone and appreciate all sides. It is easy to appreciate the subject if you take a step back to analyze every significant relationship you ever had and how it came about. Yes, this means anyone your mind has gravitated towards on more than one occasion. This also means to cycle through every ‘quick fix,’ and disregard (for the time being) the foolishness/bravery that attracted you to them. My first encounter with Brains vs. Beauty took place in 2nd grade when I watched this certain young lady doodle in her spiral notebook. I had not yet defined what beauty was. In that moment I was fixated on this individual for her creativity (score one for brains). Did something change? At what point or developmental milestone does man let his visual sense guide him in choosing someone to put thought/effort into? If we agree with the assumption that a male’s dominating sense is vision, then we could assume men are likely to choose beauty over brains; however, this isn’t always the case. As for women, what guides them? Sight, smell, hearing? Regardless of what guides women in choosing someone --  for their intellectual capacity or dashing good looks -- their answer to the question of brains versus beauty is layered. When discussing the topic, the most common statement was ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder.’ This statement is completely exhausted, but quite true as beauty can be as concrete as people saying, “My type is...”; beauty can be abstract in the sense that it is redefined with new encounters. It seems beneficial to define beauty. Not in the sense of "beau-ty {byoote} noun. (pl. beauties)1. A combination of qualities that pleases the intellect or moral sense." Rather, define beauty with intent, so that when you are in the position to answer the question of brains versus beauty, you will know that it is not that simple. Finally, when you are asked “What was it about [insert name here] that you found attractive?”, you can give a better response than “his/her brain” or “his/her beauty.”

J.R. Pulido





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