The ears are very important. You will find that many Chinese people opt to have plastic surgery on their ears (as many deformities can affect the ear area) because of what the ears indicate. Even a mere mole is a bad sign, particularly on the left ear, because that signifies having a problem with one’s father. The Chinese have a patriarchal society. Ear augmentations or plastic surgery are second to rhinoplasty due to their importance in the culture. Good listeners are indicated by ears that lay flat. Though many don’t have ears that lie flat, some are lucky to be born with this trait. Propitious and favorable ears in the Chinese culture are long, thick and enormous. Big ears indicate a good suitor, a great employee, and someone who is successful. For the Chinese, small ears are perceived negatively.
Finally, one is considered spiritual and to have a higher, transcendent understanding over the common person – a highly valued trait, if the top of the ears are above the eyebrows, accompanied by a big forehead. In Western societies, this is just characterized as a very ugly person, no matter what gender. If someone has a small forehead area in relation to the bottom half of their face, they are more earthly and grounded. Practicality can be a good thing, but having a huge forehead is prized.
Though the face is a standard feature of animals, how one defines and perceives it is as unique as the culture one belongs to. In one part of the world, people may pay hundreds of thousands of dollars on surgery to augment their ears, while on the other side of the world, big ears result in sobbing and lamenting of their foul genetics on a Saturday night. Perhaps the true message one can read in all of our faces is that we are never happy with what our maker lovingly gave us!