What do you want?

Mimetic Desire - February 28, 2020

It’s a fairly innocuous question. How do you know if it’s you who wants something though?

Rene Girard argues that desire has little to do with the object and much to do with the person near you who wants it as well. The idea is that you have mediators, internal (close to you) and external (far from you) who you look up to and model your behavior after.

What do you do? Beware your envy! Reexamine the objects of your desire and make sure they’re all yours.