Wanting

Luke Burgis
AUD $29.99
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A groundbreaking exploration of why we want what we want, and a toolkit for freeing ourselves from chasing unfulfilling desires.

Gravity affects every aspect of our physical being, but there's a psychological force just as powerful - yet almost nobody has heard of it. It's responsible for bringing groups of people together and pulling them apart, making certain goals attractive to some and not to others, and fueling cycles of anxiety and conflict.

According to French polymath Rene Girard, humans don't desire anything independently. 
Human desire is mimetic - we imitate what other people want. This affects the way we choose partners, friends, careers, clothes, and vacation destinations. Mimetic desire is responsible for the formation of our very identities. It explains why Peter Thiel decided to be the first investor in Facebook, the enduring relevancy of Shakespeare's plays and why our world is growing more divided as it becomes more connected.

Drawing on his experience as an entrepreneur, teacher, and student of classical 
philosophy and theology, Burgis shares tactics that help turn blind wanting into intentional wanting - not by trying to rid ourselves of desire, but by desiring differently. It's possible to be more in control of the things we want, to achieve more independence from trends and bubbles, and to find more meaning in our work and lives.

The future will be shaped by our desires. Wanting shows us how to desire a 
better one.

Author bio:

LUKE BURGIS has co-created and led four companies in wellness, consumer products, and technology. He's currently Entrepreneur-in-Residence and Director of Programs at the Ciocca Center for Principled Entrepreneurship at the Catholic University of America, where he also teaches business. Luke has helped form and serves on the board of several new K-12 education initiatives and writes and speaks regularly about the education of desire. He studied business at NYU Stern and philosophy and theology at a pontifical university in Rome.

Category: Self-help & practical
ISBN: 9781800750562
Publisher: Swift Press
Imprint: Swift Press
Pub Date: August 2021
Format: Paperback - C format
Subject: Self-help & personal development