World without mirrors

 florida (@taylor222) 5 years, 6 months ago

What do you think our society would be like if mirrors/reflections didn’t exist. We could see each other, but we had no perception of ourself. Do you think we would have the ability to judge one another still based on looks? Intersted in your thoughts :)

September 9, 2012 at 10:07 am
Filip (2,819)M (@filipek) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

Then we would have a society without films, pictures and a lot of other reflecting things (glass, aluminum etc. etc.). And obviously we would not have any water as well, since we can see our reflections in the water too.
Hmm, would be a strange world I guess.

formersuit (9) (@formersuit) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

@taylor222, Fascinating question. i can imagine a world without mirrors but not reflections in nature. If we did not have mirrors we would have little idea what we looked like. We might become dependent on other people to tell us. Then we would care less and less.

I have come from a life where my appearance mattered a lot to me and my work and I was very aware of it. Now it is all gone and people do respond very differently to me at first. So i know how much we depend on appearances.

Deepak (37) (@deepak87) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

Without mirrors, we would only be able to see others and our own front side excluding the head. Only others can see your head and maybe they could draw it/paint it for you. They could also paint your back side and show you.

As Filip mentioned, there are other reflective objects too like certain metals, still water etc.

People may not feel conscious about their face at all but they may feel conscious about whatever part of their body is visible to them. Decorations in clothing might be mostly concentrated on the front side. Clothing/protection for the head or back side if needed would be purely functional.

The identification with the body might still be there but I would think there would be more of a ‘oneness’ feeling comparatively. People might be much more animated and natural with their facial expressions and it may transparently reflect their mood. Men might not shave and just cut off some hair if it grows too long.

Joltin’ Joe (9) (@joeisback) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

I think in that world one’s opinion of one’s self would be very different, but I’m not sure that our opinions of others would be so much different

Brendan Barstow (182)C (@eyesopen) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

@taylor222, Want to find out for yourself? Spend 7 days without looking in a mirror or any other method of visual self-reflection, and observe the resulting changes in self-image and confidence. I find it to be a great side benefit of getting away in nature on a hike or other trip-it takes no time at all to stop caring what you look like when there aren’t opportunities for it.

florida (5) (@taylor222) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

@eyesopen, Very interesting, i might try it :)

Brendan (4) (@likeamau5) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

@eyesopen I’m interested in doing this but mirrors like surround me. To use the bathroom I kinda have to look at the mirror there….

Almeida (304) (@xetado) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

Just imagine the old indian life! A lot of them fell because of mirrors, and I bet they begun to be worried about the appearance. I think if we had no mirrors and no self-reflection stuff, we would have more confidence, I betcha..

Mia (27) (@miasou) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

We’d definitly pay more attention to ‘how our minds are’ ;increasing knowledge and feeding our brain. We’d be way more confident And we’ll have less arrogance,we’d feel equal and we’d judge less since we don’t know what We look like.
And of course we’d have More Time !

Anonymous (2,653) (@) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

Everyone would use their imaginations more. There’s still reflection in the water though. You can’t escape from yourself! :D

jm (23) (@kkylekittell24) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

Where would we be without the innovation of the mirror?

A glass mirror is just the physical version of your reflection. In a way, I guess they can be kind of life swaying, or confusing to people, because it can make you believe in only that surface image for the time you look into it. ” Woah,,, this is what I am.” which is not entirely true but even so, I think they are the most efficient tool to help people develop an over obsessive, narcissistic, egotistical perception of who they are.

The mirror mos def, doesn’t cause this, it is only a symptom. We’d still be looking at ourselves in anything we could use. Think about it, anything we do or think can be a mirror.

Tyler (15) (@dubatomik) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

If there was no physical reflection for us to see, other people would become our mirror. I wonder how much mirror neurons in our brains are tied into our self image?

Alice B (37) (@bronzefish) 5 years, 6 months ago ago

It seems to me like you guys are putting too much emphasis on the physical side of things. Sure it’s impossible to remove reflections from your life but that’s not what the original post was aiming for. If people weren’t aware of what they looked they they wouldn’t try to change it. Changing it basically gives a false impression, so we would still judge each other based on looks but it would be a less “judgmental’ judgement if you get what I mean. It would possibly be a more accurate judgment too.

@likeamau5, you don’t need to remove mirrors, just stop noticing them. People who can walk past a mirror without having to check their appearance tend to be happier I think.

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