Beauty of the Common


Beautyof the Common

Inthe modern word, humans rate beauty based on the outward appearanceof a person. Consequently, people go to a great extent to ensure theylook attractive outwardly. Nonetheless, transcendent viewpointcontends that the real beauty of anything is invisible because itsbuilding components define the authentic beauty. For instance,Emerson (1849) provides, “Itwill not need, when the mind is prepared to study, to search forobjects. The invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous inthe common (41).&quotThe statement implies that when the human mind is ready to explorethe innate beauty, the outward appearance does not matter as the mostsignificant thing is the mind’s capability to associate the goodthings with the bad subjects. Thepremise of the debate is that real wisdom originates from thecapacity to see the timeless authentic qualities that are invisibleto the eyes and that exist in a person or thing that appears faultyoutwardly.

Carlyle(2000) emphasizes the theme of the capacity of the human mind toperceive the general good of a subject that looks undesirable on thesurface. The author explores them by using Helene, a governess whohas a bad reputation in England because her mother was a wickedwidow. She had three husbands and slept with men randomly, which wasa gesture of loose morals. On the other hand, Helene also feelsunworthy of Cam’s love because she has been immoral for the onedecade they have been separated. Furthermore, she adds that she doesnot deserve him because she has inherited her mother’s sexperversion. She challenges Cam, “Butwhat of my lax morals? My wicked French blood? And let us not forgetthat carefree Continental lifestyle I’ve been living (Carlyle,2000, p. 36)!” Her self-conscious is weak, but Cam reassures herthat he does not care about her past behaviors, their parents’association, and her heritage. He wanted his childhood crush so muchthat her known weaknesses and bad reputation did not prevent him fromseeing her inner beauty – adorable and static love.

BothEmerson (1849) and Carlyle (2000) bring out the possibility of humanmind having the capacity to see the beauty it desires. Cam isoverwhelmed by the nostalgia of the purity of his love for Helenebefore her morals relaxed. Therefore, he applies invariable wisdom tosee the pure heart that loved him during childhood and that canreadily provide the same romance. The physical flaws that Helene hasacquired after sleeping with different men are insignificant becauseit did not change her inner purity.

Emerson(1849) clarifies that there is a feeling of delight from the modestobservation of nature. The human emotional response to the innatebeauty originates from their existing perceptions of the world.Specifically, the attitudes contribute to pleasure. Consequently,humans would feel happy by just watching animals, mountains and seas.For example, an artwork brings out the beauty the human mind holdsregarding the natural environment.

Justlike Emerson, I come to an agreement that the real beauty of natureis limitless. There are no specific forms of the natural world withmore stunning features from those of other types. Instead, every kindof existence has the same degree of beauty that is realized with thepassage of time. Although nature may seem static, it can reveal itsbeauty at any time, and any place to anyone with the knowledge ofusing the abstract thoughts too see the attractions that are notvisible to the naked eyes. I also agree with Carlyle’s perceptionthat the beauty is timeless as Helene is a knowledgeable doctor withthe capacity to help Cam’s sister. The innate intelligence makesher beautiful, however, only to the people with invariable wisdom tosee the abstract goodness that thrives in her despite of being aphilanderer.


Carlyle,L. (2000). Beautylike the night.New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.

Emerson,R. W. (1849). Nature.Boston: J. Munroe &amp Co.