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On Mirrors.

Who sees the human face correctly: the photographer, the mirror, or the painter?

Pablo Picasso

A mirror is simply a looking glass. At least it should be. I don’t know who decided to make mirrors distort images–make the reflection not a reflection, but another subjective perspective–but I whole-heartedly disagree with it. Mirrors were only supposed to be reflections, tools to objectively observe oneself in the best way one is able to. However, now they are something different. Now, certain mirrors are only tools used to manipulate images–to enhance this, reduce that–and sell products.

I could be reading too far into it. Maybe I should operate with Hanlan’s razor, although there is always a fallacy: sometimes situations should be attributed to malicious intent. Then, how do we do differentiate? Extremes are never really the answer, we shouldn’t ban mirrors as a whole like abnegation in Divergent. Mirrors are not representations of vanity or low self-esteem. At least they should not be.

Humans are too human: we continually convert something objective into something subjective; we give perspectives to tools that wouldn’t normally possess a perspective.

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