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Is Beauty In The Eye Of The Beholder?

I find great joy in walking in the dead of winter along the river trail near my house. Everything leaves my mind as I watch the Canadian geese take flight, their wings flapping together as they lift and swoop over my head. I'm in awe of their beauty.

We all know beauty when we see it in a piece of art, a person's face, the crimson of a summer sunset, or even in the physics of the universe. Our brain reacts in kind, releasing chemicals that enhance our pleasure of the sight we behold. But, we don't really know what beauty is or if its essential to our survival.

Nor do we understand our complicated relationship with it. We are mesmerized by it as we seek to downplay its importance. Perceptions of beauty are universally understood, biologically-driven and culturally-conditioned by a marketplace that makes big money by promoting unrealistic expectations on beauty, particularly for women. 

What exactly, is beauty?

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Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show. 

Betsy started as an intern at WNPR in 2011 after earning a Master's Degree in American and Museum Studies from Trinity College. She served as the Senior Producer for 'The Colin McEnroe Show' for several years before stepping down in 2021 and returning to her previous career as a registered nurse. She still produces shows with Colin and the team when her schedule allows.

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