mimetic desire


…and sacrifice. Today I heard about a way to describe what we do when we strive and how we choose what we strive for…and what happens when it conflicts with what others are striving for…and the importance of renunciation and forgiveness to break the spread of destructive mimetic desires. There was a nice positive ending — a reminder that mimetic desire might be at the core of who we are and we can harness that energy for good. It’s what compels us to care about what others like. That’s good.

(if you’re curious, look up Rene Girard)