Yesterday, one of my readers, a person whose insights, and opinions I respect immensely, challenged me about some of what I said in part two of this disquisition. I had stated my belief that the search for, and the desire to attain beauty in some way, is a universal construct. He challenged that, putting forth his thought that many people do not recognize beauty as a worthy desirable goal, and that for an increasing number of people, function, and comfort are the primary end points desired.
Here's what came out of that. I still maintain that we do all carry this within us, the desire for the beautiful. What makes it hard, often times, for us to see that present in others, is that every person's notion of the beautiful, and the desirable, is entirely a personally defined thing that emerges from their nurture, nature, and history.
That very casual mindset, which increasingly decries the need for social constructs of form, and appropriateness in apparel has created a huge number of new Attire words that for many of us seem like the worst sort of slang expressions. However, within that series of new words is a whole new way of seeing, and thinking about what constitutes beauty.
So, in summation today, what I'm seeing here culturally, is not a dismissal of beauty as irrelevant, but rather a transition from one manner of expressing it to another. And since that new way of seeing is as yet not fully formed, its presence is harder to detect. But I earnestly believe it to be there, after all.