By about the age of 2, we humans can recognize our own reflections in a mirror; and this is how we start building our self-identity.
Throughout history, mirrors have played quite an important role. In 212 B.C., it is claimed (even though scientifically speaking this is quite unlikely), the Greek inventor Archimedes used a giant mirror to set fire to Roman ships attacking his home city, Syracuse. The first business of Guttenberg, the inventor of the printing press, was mirrors; and the financial trouble that this unfruitful enterprise led to forced him to pay his debt with his investors by sharing with them his great secret: the mechanical printer. And then there was Da Vinci, who used “mirror writing” as a way of keeping the notes on his inventions from being stolen.
Some ancient cultures believed that mirrors reflected the ‘shadow soul’, and could show the true nature of the person being reflected. Along this line of thinking would be Shakespeare’s Caliban and Wilde’s Dorian Gray, who greatly disliked what they saw in the reflection, as it (literally) unveiled the darker side of their souls. Unlike Narcissus, who fell madly in love with his own reflection in the water, and then, convinced of the impossibility of that love, killed himself understanding that he was never going to be able to have the object of his desire.
When we look in a mirror we see a reflection, but a reverse one. So what we see is kind of a false image. This is why we normally feel uncomfortable seeing pictures of ourselves (which show something closer to the reality). Furthermore, the perception we have of the mirror’s reflected image isn’t pure; it’s a representation filtered by our thinking, mood and our expectations. What we see is affected by what we expect to see.
Unlike Snow White’s evil queen, who expected to hear the word “thou” from her magical mirror, you can certainly expect our new angle valve to be reliable because it will definitely live up to your expectations.
Autumn can be nice as well; let’s start it together.
The e-matters team.