I noticed a post by our esteemed founder, Civil1, on mirrors. I have not viewed the post, something immediately came to mind to stop me. I have no idea why, as usual.
Here is one definition of “mirror” as a noun: “a reflecting surface, originally of polished metal but now usually of glass with a silvery, metallic, or amalgam backing”
So, given this definition, and all those like it, I have come to the conclusion that mirrors rely on a notion of reflection. So, you may say, “What is “reflection”? Okay, here is one definition: “the act of reflecting, as in casting back a light or heat, mirroring, or giving back or showing an image; the state of being reflected in this way”
Why do we look in mirrors? Well, I’m guessing, but I must ask, did Civil1 come to the conclusion that there really is no such thing as a mirror in the sense of the word that I’m looking to see my face in the mirror? I’ll have to find out sooner or later. So mirroring is impossible, in the strict sense? Maybe? What do you think?
When you look in the mirror, don’t you have the implicit belief that everyone is seeing what you are? It may not be an explicit belief, but it is usually lurking in the background like so very many of our other tacit beliefs. Next time you check the mirror, ask yourself? Ask who? See, there’s one now.