Why Everyone Should Jump Off a Cliff

The Slow Internalization of Mimetic Theory

  • In school people tell you to get the best grades or your life will be miserable.
  • In college people tell you to get the jobs with best pays or life will be miserable.
  • When you have a family people tell you to have the biggest house, nicest car, lavish vacations, etc. or your life will be miserable.

“He does only what is his to do, and considers constantly what the world has in store for him — doing his best, and trusting that all is for the best. For we carry our fate with us — and it carries us.”

Mimetic theory will transform your thinking.

  1. Imitation is a fundamental mechanism of human behaviour.
  2. People can desire anything if others desire it.
  3. We don’t know what we want so we look for others to decide what to desire.
  4. Desire itself is infinite but we can only desire the finite, the hard problem of choice is made easier by desiring what others want.
  5. Many of our desires are not autonomous, clinging to a mirage of originality we fail to recognize where our desires actually originate from.
  • lots of money
  • fame
  • unnatural beauty expectations
  • designer clothes
  • big house


  1. If you were to die tomorrow, how would your decisions change?
  2. What do you desire most, why do you desire it?
  3. If you were given all the freedom and resources in the world, what would you do?
  • Stop living a life that you didn’t choose.
  • Figure out if your desires are your own.
  • Don’t auto-pilot into herd mentality because it won’t bring you purpose.



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