Principalities and Powers

Mimesis occurs on both a micro and a macro level. On a micro level, mimetic desire occurs between persons and groups of people. 


On a macro level, mimetic desire occurs within institutions, formal structures, and large governing bodies. Girard called these principalities and powers.

Mimesis Occurs

Because of their macrostructure, principalities and powers have mimetic gravity – their mimetic influence is tremendous and compounds the larger they grow.