”The desire that speaks first puts itself on display and, as a result, can become a mimetic model för the desire that has not yet spoken. The displayed desire runs the risk of being copied rather than reciprocated. In order to desire someone who desires us, we must not imitate the offered desire, we must reciprocate it, which is vastly different. Positive reciprocity demands an inner strenght that mimetic desire lacks. In order to love truly, one must not selfishly capitalize the desire of one’s partner.”

– René Girard, från A Theater of Envy