Aesthetics and quality of life

Impact of Aesthetics and visual pollution on health and behavior

Since the beginning of creation direction of human arts has appeared through drawings and inscriptions on cave’s walls, with the emergence of ancient civilizations art was occupying large part of its efforts. In Greek civilization they looked to aesthetics as everything based on order, symmetry and harmony. Socrates had linked beauty, goodness and benefit to achieve meaningful and ethical beauty. Plato wished the occurrence of harmony and integration between form and content. Arabs also focused on the importance of instinct or the High imagination and all synonyms of the human talent of aesthetical perception.

Abu Hayyan al-Tawhidi was the first to develop knowledge of Arabic aesthetics, he wrote the definition of beauty which says: “Beauty is the perfection and fitness in parts acceptable within the self”. He believed that arts work is more important than science, that science also needs art, that technical work is the result of thought and thought is the human creation’s key. Thought needs the divine inspiration used in creation. The modern era has been exalted by the self-affair of humanity, where philosophers considered humans the essential reference for judging beauty and considered the human need for beauty as innate, as art offers the highest degree of human satisfaction.

Despite the variation in methodologies and tools in order to reach an understanding of aesthetics, it is all with a single goal, which confirms the initiative human need for beauty which should be respected and enriched, rather than a secondary element which can be ignored and overlooked.

Many psychological studies noted the importance of aesthetics on the human response to the environment; it has been found that for designers and non-designers, the main factor in the response of attention to exciting environments is the aesthetical factor associated with sense of pleasure.

Impact of aesthetics on health and behavior:

The impact of Visual pollution on human health:

In an attempt to develop criteria by which to judge the visual effect of a scene as positive or negative, doctors explained the emotions results from seeing negative influential scene as an increase in the secretion of adrenaline, which raises by turn acidity of the stomach and the heartbeat and thus speed Strain. Although doctors explained the impact of aesthetics on health and behavior as an increase in secretion of cortisone in the body, this natural cortisone reduces feeling of pain, especially in the joints. (This also applies to those who suffer from rheumatic diseases). Also, it increases feelings of happiness and positive behavior.

The impact of Visual pollution on human behavior:

Continuous exposure to manifestations of visual pollution leads to destruction in human sensory centers responsible for tasting beauty, especially for children and results in freezing of human consciousness to the elements of beauty, so that they adapt to their reality, thus crippling the ability for correcting or changing it. For children who are deprived of exciting environments in their early years, their minds are not programmed to deal with a lot of maturity problems.

Places that lack to visual beauty, harmony and order reduce human ability to solve problems, and increase sense of aggression. A place that has a sense of beauty, symmetry and order, obliges us as humans to respect it, making us feel responsible towards it and feel a sense of belonging instead of alienation inside our homes.

The foregoing explains why aggressive behaviors are increasing in our societies. The integration of beauty standards in the community can help a lot in improving the quality of life.