by Beth Murschell
When coma patients become conscious after, say, 20 years, I imagine them catching up on the world, shocked at all the advances in technology, at who has become President, or at wars or historical events that they’ve missed. But nothing will convince them more of the reality of passing time than a look in the mirror.
Mirrors should serve as a form of self-confrontation—oh, I need to fix my hair or fix a crooked collar or stand up straight or put on lipstick. We can, however, look without seeing and walk away unchanged. As James 1 says,
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