The mirror shows what you’re
One always wishes that the reflection the mirror shows looks more lovable. We crave for appreciation. The need to look smart and handsome, fair and lovely is a human weakness. To be appreciated by colleagues, especially by the opposite sex, to feel good and to flaunt ourselves is a human desire. The mirror shows the actual face. The many masks you wear to interact with this world lie hidden behind.
Like the queen in the story, “the Snow white and the seven Dwarfs,” who possessed the magic mirror that would speak nothing but truth each time the question was asked: O mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? The mirror would give the same answer: ‘Thou O queen, art the fairest of all.’ One morning the mirror spoke what the queen did not expect,
“You my queen are fair, it is true. But Snow white is fairer than you.”
The mirror does not lie. It does not show your bad spots. It does not show you what you don’t want to see. Look in the mirror, and one sees reflection of his deeds. When one looks behind, it does not help. Generally people don’t want to be free from past strings.
What is our deep and primary interest? One should discover that for one self. Is it acquiring money, prestige, security? We talk of so many contradictions, disorder, social injustice, hatred and corruption. We are not able to free ourselves from the conditioning, the terrible mess inside and outside ourselves. But all this chaos is still inside. Any form of self improvement is measurable. One has to go beyond his conditioning.
Can I observe all of myself, all the reactions, the fears, the enjoyments and pursuit of pleasure at a glance in the mirror? Or, can I see gradually in fragments, slowly revealing the skeletons hidden in our cupboards?
So observe, not with a perception of your past, but the bright sunny life which awaits you. If one anchors to his past, and looks for an adorable face, he will certainly be disappointed. With our masks and thick skinned nature we will see the ugly dark monster staring at us in the mirror. When I look into the mirror, it shows an elongated nostril, one ear like that of an elephant, and chin drawn downwards. It is the mirror which shows these images, the weird ones.
Have you ever wondered why mirror flips your image left to right (horizontally), not up and down (vertically). The question is flawed. The mirror doesn’t reverse your image left to right or top to bottom. It reverses your image front to back, that is, along the axis perpendicular to the mirror. It turns you inside out. This is the paradox of a mirror.
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