While not all beauty is completely objective, it naturally appeals to man. And for the religious person, that appeal leads to appreciation of its ultimate Creator. The more beauty there is to behold, the greater our appreciation of God – even if we are not always aware of it. Indeed, I find a sunset to be a profound religious experience.
But unlike sunsets, access to beauty is not always free. In some cases, as with precious metals, the scarcity of these objects of beauty also turns them into expensive commodities. In such cases, I believe that men and women generally respond differently. While men will not lose sight of the object’s beauty, they will be even more impressed by its commercial value. Conversely, though women are not unaffected by such an item’s commercial value, that is of less consequence to them. How does this play out? To see more at Jewish Press, click here.