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The Quest for Authentic Freedom

A conversation between Cynthia Haven, Johnathan Bi, and Rev. Robert Sirico, moderated by Julie Barrios

“If you know more about yourself than anyone else, you will never be anyone else's victim.”

Today I am sharing the video from one of the most well-attended sessions at the 2023 NOVITĀTE Conference. It directly addresses some of the spiritual and existential questions at the heart of René Girard’s mimetic theory.

Is all desire fundamentally problematic? Is an escape from unhealthy mimesis possible? Is all desire a desire for being?

I plan to follow up with my own thoughts on the personal discernment of thick desire very soon. In the meantime, I think you’ll find this conversation fascinating.

—LB

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