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What makes the difference between an ideal and an ordinary object of desire is that the former is impersonal; it is something having at least ostensibly no special reference to the ego of the man who feels the desire, and therefore capable, theoretically, of being desired by everybody. Thus we might define an ideal as something desired, not egocentric, and such that the person desiring it wishes that every one else also desired it.p. 115.
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