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The mimetic theory of desire originated with French polymath René Girard
Desire is hardwired into human nature, and it’s been around forever. We can never extinguish mimetic desire from life. It’s part of how we’ve always been.
Most people believe that desires are 100% internal, but René Girard calls that a romantic lie. We are not in complete control of our desires, the whole idea of mimetic theory is that most desires have more external forces than we realize.
Social media especially accelerates mimetic desire.
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You can manipulate people via mimetic desire (marketing, political campaigns, etc.)
Memetics is the study of memes, cultural units of information that replicate, comparable with Darwinian evolution.
Mimetic desire is not inherently a negative thing. It can work positively in forming a sense of community (people with a shared desire).
It’s about developing a certain kind of disposition for patience, sober waiting, and recognizing your emotions. In early 2020, Luke got caught up in the mimesis of the markets in the dark days of the COVID-19 pandemic
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