I think that perhaps the devil in humans' minds is the very deep and ingrained desire to never see anything as it really is, if we possibly can help it.
My eye is so untrained that the finished product is no better than the original. Someone obviously wants it different, for some reason.
Yes, that is a very interesting point. All these multi-corrections which are now apparently de-rigeur in fashion, seem rather arbitrary to normal people (and apparently I'm normal enough too think so myself).
I use a much wider variety on Domai, I rarely retouch, and yet all the models are generally considered very attractive. And even those I reject, often others will say "what's wrong with her, I just see an attractive young lady".
And the reality of it makes it much more relevant. I look at an actress in FHM, and it looks like a plastic doll.