Looking Glass

The other day I got to musing on what it might be like in a world without mirrors. It was not something I had ever really given any consideration to before. What if we did not have the capability to see ourselves? We would be able to see what other folks looked like, but we wouldn't know how we compared- except by being told from others? How might this impact our daily lives? And are humans the only species with this burning desire to gaze upon ourselves and be cognizant of our appearance for the mere sake of vanity? I had to go to trusty Wikipedia to do some quick research on the ubiquitous mirror- and how and when it came into being. It was most fascinating. I have included the link in case you want to take a peek.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mirror

I was musing that early man did not have the ability to view himself. I am sure there was awareness of hair on the head, but it could not be seen unless reflected in pools of water or perhaps by catching a distorted glimpse on a piece of shiny metal or perhaps volcanic glass. I assume that they could just imagine they were as gorgeous as their contemporaries. How would they know the difference. I wonder if they wondered? They were probably occupied by more urgent matters, such as having enough to eat and finding adequate shelter.

Examples of obsidian mirrors found in Anatolia ( modern-day Turkey ) have been dated to around 6000 BC. So I guess they did wonder. Polished stone mirrors from Central and South America date from around 2000 BC. Mirrors of polished copper were crafted in Mesopotamia from 4000 BC and in ancient Egypt from around 3000 BC.

Metal-coated glass mirrors are said to have been invented in Sidon ( modern-day Lebanon ) in the first century AD. In China, people began making mirrors with the use of silver-mercury amalgams as early as 500 AD. Some time during the early Renaissance, European manufacturers perfected a superior method of coating glass with a tin-mercury amalgam. The exact date and location of the discovery is unknown, but in the 16th century, Venice, a city famed for its glass-making expertise, became a centre of mirror production using this new technique. Glass mirrors from this period were extremely expensive luxuries.

The invention of the silvered-glass mirror is credited to German chemist Justus von Liebig in 1835. It was his process which was adopted for mass manufacturing and led to the greater availability of affordable mirrors. We now have mirrored buildings, closet doors made of mirrors, magnifying mirrors, medical mirrors, rearview auto mirrors and on and on.

Mirrors do seem kind of mystical and magical. Millions of images can be reflected by the mirror, and it is never affected. It is simply a device which bends the light so that we can view what is placed in front of it. I once had a friend who said with a true friend, you should be able to be your genuine self- feeling no risk of judgment- as though you were in front of a mirror. I thought this was rather profound. Imagine having someone in your life that you could say whatever your true thoughts were, or dance silly in front of- without any fear of negative judgment. It would almost be like having a dog or cat! Perhaps this is one of the reasons we love our furry friends so much. Perhaps they judge in their own way, but they haven't the words to express it.

While we are talking about animals, and mirrors, I learned from my vast Wiki research that there have been experiments in an attempt to determine which animals have been shown to have the ability to recognize themselves in a mirror. Most of the animals which have passed the "mirror test" are mammals. Humans tend to fail the mirror test until they are about 18 months old, or what psychoanalysts call the "mirror stage". Other animals which passed are all great apes, Bonobos, Chimpanzees, Orangutans, Gorillas. Also Bottlenose Dolphins, Orcas, Elephants and European Magpies. What about other birds who play with the mirrors in their cages? How would we know if the bird brain realized it was looking at itself, or really thought it had a friend? I often wonder about my dog. Sometimes he will bark at his reflection in the window, but he sleeps in my room with the mirrored closet and does not seem to be intrigued by his reflected image. He certainly knows there is not another dog in the house since there is no new smell. Kitty is not interested in his reflection.

So thus ends the rambling muse on mirrors. It would be nice not to have the ability to look at myself each morning in order to undertake the hour-long project of attempting to correct the imperfections. I could use that hour to do something much more productive- like foraging for something to eat, improving my shelter, looking at Facebook.... ah don't get me started.

Recipe:

Blueberry Cheesecake

Crust:

1/3 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1 cup all purpose flour

Cooking spray

Filling:

1 cup low fat cottage cheese

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp all purpose flour

3 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1/4 tsp baking powder

2 eggs

fresh blueberries

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Spray 8 inch square glass dish coated with cooking spray. Mix the crust ingredients together and press into the bottom of the prepared dish and bake for 20 minutes.

To prepare filling, place cottage cheese in a blender and blend until smooth. Add 1 cup granulated sugar and remaining ingredients ( except blueberries) and blend until smooth. Pour filling over crust. Sprinkle fresh blueberries on top and bake additional 25 minutes. Cover and chill for 8 hours.

Trust me- this is delicious. Lighter than cream-cheese cheesecake. I prefer the crust to graham cracker crust.

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More Quotes:

If you're feling blue, lock yourself in a room, stand in front of a mirror, and dance- and laugh at yourself and be sexy. Dance the silliest and ugliest you've ever danced. Make fun of yourself and try to recover your sense of humor.

-Salma Hayak

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Your self-esteem won't come from body parts. You need to step away from the mirror every once in a while, and look for another reflection, like the one in the eyes of the people who love you and admire you.

-Stacy London

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People are always judging you based on where you went to school, how you look, how you talk. But at the end of the day, you're going to have to look into the mirror and accept who you are. It's all about being authentic.

-Andre Carson

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I learned, when I look in the mirror and tell my story, that I should be myself and not peep whatever everybody is doing.

-Kendrick Lamar

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When you look in the mirror,what do you see? Do you see the real you, or what you have been conditioned to believe is you? The two are so, so different. One is an infinite consciousness capable of being and creating whatever it chooses, the other is an illusion imprisoned by its own perceived and programmed limitations.

-David Icke

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If you are fearful, a horse will back off. If you are calm and confident, it will come forward. For those who are often flattered or feared, the horse can be a welcome mirror of the best in human nature.

-Clare Balding

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There are very few people who are going to look into the mirror and say, "That person I see is a savage monster;" instead, they make up some construction that justifies what they do.

-Noam Chomsky

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A beautiful woman should break her mirror early.

-Baltasar Gracian

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See, when you drive home today, you've got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you've got an itty bitty rearview mirror. And the reason the windshield is so large and the rearview mirror is so small is because what's happened in your past is not near as important as what's in your future.

-Joel Olsteen

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In my later years, I have looked in the mirror each day and found a happy person staring back. Occasionally I wonder why I can be so happy. The answer is that every day of my life I've worked only for myself and for the joy that comes from writing and creating. The image in my mirror is not optimistic, but the result of optimal behavior.

-Ray Bradbury

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In the business world, the rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield.

-Warren Buffett

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The best car safety device is a rear-view mirror with a cop in it.

-Dudley Moore

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I've only been in love with a beer bottle and a mirror.

-Sid Vicious

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Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a monkey looks into a mirror, he sees a monkey.

-Malcolm de Chazal

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Our job is only to hold up the mirror- to tell and show the public what has happened.

-Walter Cronkite

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I like actors very much, but to marry one would be like marrying your brother. You look too much alike in the mirror.

-Marilyn Monroe

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Shadows cannot see themselves in the mirror of the sun.

-Evita Pron

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Happiness is a sunbeam which may pass through a thousand bosoms without losing a single particle of its original ray; nay, when it strikes on a kindred heart, like the converged light on a mirror, it reflects itself with redoubled brightness. It is not perfected till it is shared.

-Jane Porter

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If you find the mirror of the heart dull, the rust has not been cleared from its face.

-Rumi

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A memoir forces me to stop and remember carefully. It is an exercise in truth. In a memoir, I look at myself, my life, and the people I love the most in the mirror of the blank screen. In a memoir, feelings are more important than facts, and to write honestly, I have to confront my demons.

-Isabel Allende

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An often repeated assertion in the body of film criticism I have written is the assertion that movies do not just mirror the culture of any given time; they also create it.

-Bell Hooks

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Intelligent, successful attractive people can be intimidating. They force us to hold a mirror to ourselve; we can be disappointed, jealous or inspired toward personal growth.

-Ian K. Smith

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The painter who draws merely by practice and by eye, without any reason, is like a mirror which copies everything placed in front of it without being conscious of their existence.

-Leonardo da Vinci

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The art of a people is a true mirror to their minds.

-Jawaharlal Nehru

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Our invntions mirror our secret wishes.

-Lawrence Durrell

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Bronze in the mirror of the form, wine of the mind.

-Aeschylus

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My face hasn't matured as I've grown up, and neither has my sense of humour. In the mirror, I see an older version of myself as a child, although I do have more wrinkles and freckles.

-Jasmine Guinness

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I always have a full-length mirror next to the camera when I'm doing publicity stills. That way, I know how I look.

-Marilyn Monroe

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The mind of the painter must resemble a mirror, which always takes the colour of the object it reflects and is completely occupied by the images of as many objects as are in front of it.

-Leonardo da Vinci

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I'm at the age where food has taken the place of sex in my life. In fact, I've just had a mirror put over my kitchen table.

-Rodney Dangerfield

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Quotes:

Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.

-Byrd Baggett

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Life is like a mirror, we get the best results when we smile at it.

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Life, like a mirror, never gives back more than we put into it.

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The best mirror is an old friend.

-Peter Zarienga

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When looking for faults use a mirror, not a telescope.

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Happiness is: Looking in a mirror and liking what you see.

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Writing, I think is apart from living. Writing is a kind of double living. The writer experiences everything twice. Once in reality and once in that mirror which awaits before or behind.

-Catherine Drinker Bowen

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Life is a mirror and will reflect back tothe thinker what he thinks into it.

-Ernest Holmes

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Mirror your partner's dreams; the relationship will grow.

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There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.

-Edith Wharton

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If somebody thinks they're a hedgehog, presumably you just give 'em a mirror and a few pictures of hedgehogs and tell them to sort it out for themselves.

-Douglas Adams

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You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.

-George Bernard Shaw

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A man's true wealth is the good he does in the world. Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror. But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

-Kahlil Gibran

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The time will come when it will disgust you to look in the mirror.

-Rose F. Kennedy

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That's the problem with religion: you beat your way past the clerics, fight your way through the demond, stand before the holy of holies, and when you rip away the veil, there's nothing there but a mirror.

-Owen Rowley

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Our environment, the world in which we live and work, is a mirror of our attitudes and expectations.

-Earl Nightingale

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Behavior is the mirror in which everyone shows their image.

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Look in a mirror and one thing's sure; what we see is not who we are.

-Richard Bach

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Only in quiet waters do things mirror themselves undistorted. Only in a quiet mind is adequate perception of the world.

-Hans Margolius

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I'd rather be able to face myself in the bathroom mirror than be rich and famous.

-Ani Difranco

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Reality is only seen when the mirror is clean.

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

-Pablo Picasso

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Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.

-Percy Bysshe Shelley

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When a man meets catastrophe on the road, he looks in his purse, but a woman looks in her mirror.

-Margaret T. Tumbull

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The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied.

-Confucius

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The human understanding is like a false mirror, which receiving rays irregularly, distorts and discolors the nature of things by mingling its own nature with it.

-Francis Bacon Sr.

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Nature often holds up a mirror so we can see more clearly the ongoing processes of growth, renewal, and transformation in our lives.

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Beauty is truth's smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.

-Rabindranath Tagore

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Behavior is a mirror in which everyone displays his own image.

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The face is the mirror of the mind, and eyes without speaking confess the secrets of the heart..

-St. Jerome

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A healthy social life is found only, when in the mirror of each soul the whole community finds its reflection, and when the whole community the virtue of each one is living.

-Rudolf Steiner

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Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror.

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A fragrance abides in the flower, As reflection is within the mirror. So does your Lord abide within you, Why search for Him without?

-Guru Nanak

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Smile in the miror. Do that every morning and you'll start to see a big difference in your life.

-Yoko Ono

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I'm a mirror. If you're cool with me, I'm cool with you, and the exchnge starts. What you see is what you reflect. If you don't like what you see, then you've done something. If I'm standoffish, that's because you are.

-Jay-Z

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A sister is both your mirror and your opposite.

-Elizabeth Fishel

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You know, I looked at my face inthe mirror this morning, and I like being old. My face has more content and when I train at the gym now, I am not training to be strong or handsome- just better than I was yesterday. These days the race is just against myself.

-Jean-Claude Van Damme

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