What I was saying is that there is a universal standard that exists outside of ourselves. That makes sense of that fact that we have conversations like this, and some people like stuff and some people don't, but also of the fact that we talk and act like there is a standard naturally. If there was no standard it would be odd to see so many cooking & photography & writing contests.
I don't see how an universal standard can exist outside of ourselves... On top of that, this discussion is the clear demontration that there is no standard, just personal appreciation of different manifestation of art which closely depend on our experience.
"The problem with photography is that it only deals with appearances." Duane Michals
"A photograph is a secret of a secret. The more it tells you the less you know." Diane Arbus