Beauty is often defined as the aesthetic quality of certain objects, which makes these objects enjoyable to see. These objects may include sunsets, landscapes, art and humans. Beauty, along with beauty, is the most important theme of aesthetics, among the major branches of science. Art and beauty have become closely associated in recent years, as the increasing gap between rich and poor has made both subject and object of desire. In some cases, the desire for beauty has even been able to hijack the political system of some countries, with the ruling party focusing their policy-making on the need to enhance the beauty of the country.
The word beauty, in its broadest sense, connotes the ability to appreciate beauty in things that are not subject to human valuation, such as nature, abstract objects, and the works of other artists. In its most limited definition, beauty is an approving disposition towards the attributes of a given object; to identify and appreciate its aesthetic qualities. The word beauty was considered very different in the eighteenth century, when the concept of beauty was associated with rationalism, when it was a subjective concept, and when the evaluation of beauty involved the judgment of taste.
In recent years, however, the concept of beauty has undergone a sea change. Beauty is now usually associated with aspects of fashion, with beauty pageants, with beauty products and advertisements, with beauty salons and surgeons. Beauty, in this manner, is no longer judged by the ability to discern what is not beauty, but by the ability to purchase beauty. Beauty is no longer considered a subjective trait but instead something that one may pursue from a scientific standpoint. It is not the attributes of beauty that are important, but beauty itself, and there are many people who find beauty in the lines, wrinkles and discolored skin of others, and thus use such attributes as part of their own personal beauty.