“Magic mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” These words are familiar to children of all ages. These are the words spoken by the queen in Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, as she gazes into her enchanted mirror. “Magic mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” The wicked queen looks to the mirror to tell her that her beauty is unparalleled throughout the land.
Mirrors are tools for reflection. They show who we are, both the positive and the negative. The queen looked into the mirror to see that she was the fairest lady in the land. And for a long time, the mirror would reply that indeed she was the fairest. But eventually a young lady came along whose beauty exceeded that of the queen. And the mirror did not lie. “Famed is thy beauty, majesty. But oh, a lovely maid I see. Rags cannot hide her gentle grace. Alas, she is more fair than thee.”
Unless you’re in the “Hall of Mirrors” at the fair or a circus, a mirror doesn’t lie. It gives an accurate portrayal of the person or thing standing before it. It shows the good along with the bad.