The mirror, while known to incubate conceit, can also serve to tamp down pride. For those who are shallow and vain, there's no greater means to inciting further folly. Through history's long legacy of harm arisen from foolish pride, afflicted both on self and on others, the majority has its roots in the mirror. Just as the inventive physician Dr. Guillotine transgressed terribly in facilitating the chopping of heads during the French Revolution, so too must the inventor of the first mirror have an unsettled conscience. On the other hand, when self esteem is on the wane, or the ego has withered, there's no better salve than a mirror. Beauty and ugliness both come to light. One has to wonder how one bungled along thus far, with head held high in the world of men, while sporting such a face. This moment of honesty, of all the moments in life, is a moment most gratifying. Man's noblest moment is that in which he recognizes his own folly. Those still steeped in conceit should bow their heads in humble deference to the self-aware fool. The conceited may strut proudly, spreading comtempt and reveling in ridicule, but these in fact are but veiled forms of submission. The master lacks the wisdom to recognize in the mirror his own folly, but he is able to see, and objectively assess, the pockmarks dotting his face. Recognition of physical flaws is a step on the path toward awareness of moral corruption. There's hope for the master yet. That discourse with his friend the philosopher, perhaps, has yielded good effect.