Our Desires Are Not Who We Are

On human desire, external authority, an the anti-mimetic act of obedience

“Andre the Giant has a posse” by Shepard Fairey, founder of OBEY, as seen on a post-dinner passeggiare in Bologna, Italy.

Our desires are not our identity. Believing that they are — believing that if we desire something that it is therefore “who we are” — is a sickness of modernity that I believe stems from a false notion of freedom.

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Luke Burgis

Luke Burgis

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