Are mirror reflections a lie?

Hello all, welcome to the new year, the new semester and the new you! Let’s hope this decade unfolds into unlimited, pleasant surprises and opportunities for us to discover! We grow every day, learn new lessons and implement new skills. We teach ourselves with every challenge, in order to face the next one. 

Today’s article is about something simple, yet complicated; something we use on a daily basis. Probably the shiniest thing on the planet – a mirror. We use them so much we sometimes forget how we actually look like. Doesn’t make sense? Let me explain.

Have you ever wondered how you look like when you see yourself through someone else’s eyes? How you speak, how you smile, or how your hair looks in that very instant 😉? Mirrors can’t prove this, because we don’t hold them against ourselves when indulged in other activities. So, how can we say we look exactly like our mirror reflections? Photographs? Maybe, because they are proof of the similarities in our mirror reflections. The two-dimensional replicate versions of us look too realistic to question. But in truth, mirrors or photographs often distort our image so we can never really know what we look like. We can look different in every picture taken, albeit being the same person. We can never, perfectly conclude how we look like, so does it really matter?

Physics also supports this fact by saying that images formed by plane mirrors are virtual, not real. So, keeping all the above in mind, which reflections are real?

Apart from carrying our parents’ genes, we are their reflections. Particularly in philosophy, it is often stated that a child is a reflection of their parents through parental mirroring. This further roots this topic that true reflections lie in abstract qualities over physical attributes. We reflect our ideas through our actions. In fact, people can act as reflectors to each other; being sources of positivity. We could be reflectors to friends, family and even strangers; a stranger witnessing us a good deed could inspire them to do the same.

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Good reflectors are sources of inspiration to one another; it is a chain that never ends. Just like two mirrors facing each other creating an infinite number of reflections – the same occurs with a positive thought reflecting its power through various mediums, or people transferring skills from one person to another.

Every profession, talent or behavioural characteristic act as reflectors; inspiration is a source of aspiration, whose activities are seen in one’s role models. A reflector doesn’t limit to gaining inspiration from someone else, it could also be yourself; using a quality you showed in the past can act as a platform to use it in the future, if not, in a better manner. In a nutshell, nonconcrete reflections have more weightage than superficial ones as seen in mirrors and photographs; this means we should work towards improving something within ourselves to make us a better person. These qualities are shared at a priceless value; for the respect they hold. So, after all, mirror reflections are a lie, and true reflections come from the heart!

Spread love and reflect! xx

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