January 1, 2011

girard on desire

DESIRE is what makes us human, as opposed to biological needs, such as food, shelter, and reproduction, which we share with other members of the animal kingdom. Desire is essentially, inherently mimetic, other-centered, as it depends on models, such as parents and peers, to identify its objects, to represent them as desirable. Desires issue from culture, not from nature, from other humans, not from instincts or the individual self, who is an altogether relative, relational, interdependent being.  ~  “Keywords in Mimetic Theory” IMITATIO.org [link]

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