Usually when we look at ourselves in the mirror, we glance at our reflections, think narcissistic thoughts and then forget about it. Have you ever been afraid of looking in the mirror; afraid it will show you more than just your physical aspects? Mirror is not just a piece of glass, it shows you exactly what you are and the substance that you are made of, the inner workings of your heart and mind and your innermost desires.
An old Cherokee story talks about two wolves living within each of us-the bad one which represents our negative aspects and the good one which represents our positive side. The wolf that we feed is the one that dominates our personality. For the more religiously inclined the same story can be translated to the devil and the angel within us, who are constantly clashing for dominance. Within each one of us lies a capacity for tremendous goodness and tremendous cruelty, it all depends on what we choose to see and feed. One only has to look at the world today to realize that nothing can stop a man from being mean, cruel and inhuman. No fear of hell, deity or religion can stop a man from doing what he ultimately wants to do for his pleasure and power. The only check point is a man’s own conscience-that emotion which helps him empathize, look within himself and make him human.
A man’s conscience is his true mirror. Everything good or bad in a person comes from within himself, everything else just augments it. It is what makes him accountable for all his actions-good or bad. A man’s conscience tells him which wolf to feed and which one to starve.
Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?