Humans are created in such a way that they prefer certain proportions called harmonious or beautiful.
In beauty we just rest… Milorad Pavic said that it is so hard to create something beautiful, so much effort is spent on it. In contact with the beautiful, we feel relieved knowing that when the overall energy in the world was distributed, we were saved a certain amount of labor: the efforts of others invested in the beauty reduce our share of fatigue. Saved from a certain expenditure of energy, we can enjoy it.
Many wrote about this magnificent subject. I would like to talk about two short stories. One of them is “The Beauties” by Anton Chekhov.
This a short story about feelings that the narrator had after seeing two beautiful women. He talks about two episodes that took place at different periods of his life. Strong emotions he experienced being next to beautiful young women (he did not even talk to them) stayed in his memory forever. “It was a sadness as vague and undefined as a dream … as though we all four had lost something important and essential to life which we should never find again.”