“The fear of appearances is the first symptom of impotence.”
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment
Yesterday someone was looking at me and talking through the mirror.
Suddenly, a wave of confusion washed over their face and said: “You look like a different person from this angle, it’s kind of weird that your face is flipped”.
This reminded me of the talk by Caroline McHugh ( it’s a great talk btw), where she mentions the true mirror, and how when you look into the true mirror, you don’t look at yourself, you look for yourself. You notice that some parts of your face or your body are asymmetric, they’re not how you see yourself in the mirror, or how you think you look.
I first became conscious of my asymmetric face when in videos and pictures it looked unfamiliar to me. My face looked distorted, changed, an uncanny alteration of me.
I asked myself: is this how people see me? Because this is not how I see myself, but what do other people see when they look at me?
Makes me wonder, which image is real and expresses the true me?
Is it the reflection in the mirror, the stranger looking back from the true mirror, or a combination of both that no one will ever fully see?
Do you ever wonder too?
According to Grand Illusions, True Mirror enables us to see ourselves as others see us! First patented in 1887, the True Mirror uses a combination of two mirrors, placed at right angles.
There’s also True mirror apps that you can get on your phone if you are in the mood to treat yourself with something eerie.