Today we’re talking about mimetic theory. It’s an interesting philosophy that I only just came across. When I first heard the name, it had to do with memes because memes are powerful ways of communication nowadays. If you ask me so much, communication happens through memes that I almost think are more effective than real reporting when sharing the truth.
Girard’s Mimetic theory tells us that most people’s desires are driven by mimicry: we really have no free will, but we mimic everything around us. Makes some sense, no?
As tiny children, human beings learn by mimicry. When we are born and open our eyes, we are incredibly observant of the world around us. We use mimicry to learn, speak, to act. However, once we learn to mimic all of the worlds around us to determine our behavior, for some reason, we internalize this mimicry and feel that our actions have become our own. But where did our actions originate?
Our preferences – our loves and our hates are driven by our desires. Therefore, if we truly understand design thinking, we must understand the root of these desires.