Key Insights From:
Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life
By Luke Burgis
- René Girard’s “mimetic theory” argues that people are much more similar than they may consciously realize.
- Your wants may be misleading—their “metaphysical” aims are often unattainable.
- In large measures, “mimetic desire” corrodes culture and creates gruesome circumstances to correct it.
- Empathy is a powerful and revelatory societal remedy.
- It takes two to tango—and to desire.