Professor XXX XXXXXXX
LAS1110 - One Love: Marley, Language, and Learning
[ 11 November 2012 ]
Why do Most Humans Seek Beauty?
Why do Most Humans Seek Beauty? Concisely, it is because we are programmed that way from birth. According to Ramsey and Langlois, this use of the stereotype is well documented. I would bet that all of us can remember a time as young children when we were told leave something alone because it was ‘dirty and ugly’. Quoting Ramsey, et al;
“For example, in a seminal study, Dion (1973) found that 3- to 6-year-olds believe that attractive children are friendly, do not like to fight or shout, and will not hit another child even if that child hits first. Conversely, children believe that unattractive children scare other children and will hit and hurt other children without good reason. In addition, young children prefer attractive children as friends, like them more, and consider them to be smarter, more pro-social, and less antisocial relative to unattractive children (Dion, 1973; Langlois & Stephan, 1977).”
This is why as Marley grew to a young man, he would have sought out friends and acquaintances that he found beautiful.
At the University of Texas, further research by Langlois, et al, in the interaction of beauty in the life of humans has shown that humans seek beauty, but left as many questions unanswered as it answered, extolling the need for further studies. While the study reviewed many theories, and statistical analysis performed, I took a couple things away from my reading; social convention currently drives the rationalization of beauty, there are also deep-rooted evolutionary causes for the reasons we seek beauty. Cedela, known as Ciddy, these social conventions came into play when she wanted to have better medical care for her unborn child. Approaching a hospital in a better neighborhood, she is turned away because of her Trench Town address. While it is doubtful that she was turned away because of her...