One of my favorite teachers of mimetic theory is James Warren. Jim is a magician who masterfully unveils the workings of mimetic theory in his book Compassion or Apocalypse: A Comprehensible Guide to the Thought of René Girard. Jim’s book is so good that it’s one of the few that I have in both book and ebook format. I highly recommend it!
Near the end of the interview, Jim discusses the title of his book. Are we at the point in world history where we have to choose between “compassion or apocalypse?” Does apocalypse refer to divine violence or to human violence? With the proliferation and ease of acquiring weapons of mass destruction, is there hope for our world?
Watch as Jim magically unveils the answer to those questions and many more in the video above!