By Dr. Mubarik Ahmed Ibrahim (Obolos)
What is beauty? or what do you consider as beautiful? Do not give me your answers yet, because the unfathomable fact is that there’s NO any standard definition of beauty and our answers may greatly vary as our choices. In reality, as humans, we are undeniably, creatures of habits and to satisfy or fulfill the demands of our insatiable appetites for such things as good, better, bad, worse, we tend to rate or classify with variable degrees either quantitatively or qualitatively almost everything we come across especially things that affect our daily lifes directly or indirectly to utter words such as; beautiful, ugly, nice, sweet, bitter..etc, is a mantra that is deeply imbedded in us.
I am categorically interested in how people calibrate the beauty of a woman or is there any standard yardstick purposely for measuring the extent of beauty? Or is it that the whole concept of beauty is a subliminal myth all together?
Personally, I believe that beauty, if not overrated, is a very subjective quality to say the least. I cannot deny the fact that humanity is a diverse entity and everyone is entitled to his/her opinion and/or idea and those diversities in our perceptions is what make us unique in all aspects of life. For example when it comes to defining the beauty of a lady one guy may consider features such as, height, light skin complexion and may be other “supportive documents” e.g rounded bottom, size of her chest etc.., while another guy may prefer a woman with conical bottom, smaller bosom etc…, while another may not view those physical characteristics as necessary and opts for such parameters as age, character, education level and family background. These variations may be largely influenced by among other things; social background, exposure to different environment and people, individual preferences.
Let us say, if you ask a Ugandan about what he/she considers as beauty most definitely the narrations will be zeroing around Baganda/Bayankole or Banyoro ladies of course they are beautiful of which I agree and I attest that the same applies to Somalis, Kenyans, Tanzanian and Rwandans.
In other words, respect for everyone’s definition of beauty as long as they are contented with it. And I am greatly in support for the common saying that “beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. And any person that may or is willing to challenge the above saying, as I said before, is entitled to his/her opinion (version of beauty), but your freedom to see different perspective of reality should not curtail others’ freedom to choose.
And as the great Chinese philosopher Confucius once said which I also concur with him “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it”