Luke Burgis

In the isolation of the pandemic, our need for social media has been especially acute. It helps us to make sense of who we are. We didn’t know what to desire. So we turned to other people, on our phones, to tell us:

Watch Tiger King, drink negronis, adopt dogs…

Wide is the road that leads to destruction, and narrow is the path that leads to creation — to life.

Naval Ravikant, founder of AngelList, said: “Pick your one overwhelming desire. It’s okay to suffer over that one.”

I think Naval is partly right. We certainly have to suffer in…

To escape the cesspool of confused and conflicted ‘expert opinions’ that are flooding our brains daily, we’ll need to turn to something outside of those skull-sized kingdoms — something that elevates and expands the scope of reason beyond the narrow confines of science.

Because when you’re sinking in the mud…

Dear Readers:

This is probably not the kind of essay that you’re used to reading from me. Instead, it’s an update on what’s been happening in my life over the past few weeks.

I expect to be back to more of a regular writing schedule later this month, but it…

The Japansese tradition of omakase is now one of my favorite dining experiences. My wife introduced me to it in New York City just a few years ago — it was one of those moments when she looks at me like, “Oh you poor thing, I sometimes forget you didn’t…

How do hardened desires change or undergo a process of transformation, especially when those desires are harmful or limiting?

In this article, I’m sharing an excerpted transcript of my interview with Dr. Roland Griffiths, Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine…

“More than ever, I am convinced that history has meaning — and that its meaning is terrifying,” wrote René Girard.

The apocalyptic social theorist René Girard, whose work centered around the dark forces of human desire, saw that history was trending toward increased mimetic, or imitative, conflict. …

Luke Burgis

Author of “WANTING: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life.” Find more at read.lukeburgis.com

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