Speaking of Mirrors

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 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.

4 Replies to “Speaking of Mirrors”

    1. Yes, I see your point my friend, I see your point. The mirror is seen by many, all too many, as an echo chamber–something to tell us “Yes, there you are, you look just like that.” What a troublesome set of assumptions presents to us there, no? And, most of us, don’t even notice them, they are hidden as assumptions (presuppositions, axioms, beliefs, shadows, historical determinants, etc.). They were put there by actions (of body, speech, and mind–actions that have no perceivable beginning from our ancestors up to and including ourselves) that we wouldn’t pay any attention to in everyday living. Voices that tell us how much we need to spend on makeup and other, many other, cosmetics like hair-styling materials, eye-lash benders, teeth-whiteners, oh the list goes on and on endlessly–and the money moves on and on until we become hesitant or even frightened to look in that mirror any more. Then the time comes for many to even fear the mirror. It’s “private enemy number one.” Don’t you know, from the very outset, everyone sees in that mirror what I see in it, me, just like that, just like that face that I see now. What an illusion! Often, an insufferable illusion that needs to be fixed with things that cost money. And, we don’t even know how things got to be that way, do we? Well, it begins like it ends, with “I,” “me,” and “mine.”

      Three little words that connect something to all things in an insidious dance of cravings based in a grand mistake that takes one component of binate experience to be the other and the other component to be me the one who is not the other–this is the unique one, the self–the one who is not everything else. The one who as our dear friend Civil1 says, needs

      “…to disappear [as if it were justifiably there to begin with] is oh so divinely human.”

      (Bracketed material added by yours truly.)

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