A group of people (holding hands, not looking at one another) standing in a cave, facing away from a camp-fire. All they can see in front of them is their shadow. As they move, their shadows move. As a result, they conclude that they actually are the “shadow”. The only way they know what they look like is what they see in front of them.
Think about it. How confident are you in your sources? Do you trust a mirror? Are you sure you look like what the mirror tells you you look like? Are you certain that it is not modified? Think of it from society being the mirror that shapes your perception-how confident are you that what they tell you is reality? Besides, what is reality? Remember the time we thought the Earth was flat? This theory of the flat Earth was proved wrong when a circular shadow of the Earth was projected on the moon during an eclipse-someone made the connection. They also questioned it when ships disappeared while sailing away from shore by sinking below horizon (the Earth’s curvature is visible over a 13 mile distance). Travelers also noticed that when traveling north, new stars appeared above northern horizon, while stars previously seen along southern horizon no longer visible. There was so much evidence both for and against it.
Its just a thought. We perceive and shape things in our mind by what our environment tells us. Other than that, we have no clue what we look like. The entire concept of an “image” occurs when there is an interaction.
- Who Discovered The Earth is Round? (scienceblogs.com)
- Moon’s Shadow Makes Waves in Earth’s Atmosphere (livescience.com)
- Moon’s Shadow Makes Waves in Earth’s Atmosphere (space.com)
- Trace of Shadow Tableware by Kijtanes Kajornrattanadech (mocoloco.com)
- Daily Astronomy Pic for October 12th (witchesofthecraft.wordpress.com)