THE MIRROR AND HUMANITY

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If we tried to imagine human beings without mirrors or without reflections, would we be able to conceive of this non-specular intelligence as something human? What would humanity lose by erasing the mirror from our cultures? Would we gain anything from it? To what extent does the mirror define us?

The concept of the vampire is a curious one: this, oh so vain creature that is denied access to the technology of human vanity; forbidden the contemplation of its own image.

Of course the vampire myth is a devilish pact, and we know that any favour from the devil will demand an even greater sacrifice. Thus immortality is purchased with the loss of the ability to contemplate oneself from any objective standpoint. Any psychological analysis of vampires should take this fact not merely “into consideration”, but as the fundamental trait of any vampire’s personality.

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