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The Devil Made A Mirror




This is post #48 in
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The Snow Queen

One day the devil was in a very good humor, because he had just finished a mirror which had this peculiar power: everything good and beautiful that was reflected in it seemed to dwindle to almost nothing at all, while everything that was worthless and ugly became most conspicuous and even uglier than ever. In this mirror the loveliest landscapes looked like boiled spinach, and the very best people became hideous, or stood on their heads and had no stomachs. Their faces were distorted beyond any recognition, and if a person had a freckle it was sure to spread until it covered both nose and mouth.

"That's very funny!" said the devil. If a good, pious thought passed through anyone's mind, it showed in the mirror as a carnal grin, and the devil laughed aloud at his ingenious invention.

All those who went to the Devil's school-for he had a school of his own-told everyone that a miracle had come to pass. Now, they asserted, for the very first time you could see how the world and its people
really looked. They scurried about with the mirror until there was not a person alive nor a land on earth that had not been distorted.


- The Snow Queen




 
A friend reminded me of this story around the time that I discovered that I had an eating disorder. I am moved by sadness each time I read it, because I see truth in it, the truth of how many people see themselves and others -  a distorted image. I hope that some of the money that has been pledged in this Blogathon will go to fixing someone's mirror so they can see everything clearly again. Many kind people have helped to fix mine, and it is nearly whole again. I really hope someone else can have the same experience.