I take it that contemplation is a certain sort of seeing.
I take it from Girard that we always learn to see through the eyes of another.
The desire of another directs our seeing and makes available to us what is to be seen.
In other words, there is no reality ‘out there’ to be seen. What is ‘out there’ is already, inescapably, a construct made real by human desire. When, as in most of our cases, most of the time, the other through whose eyes we are learning to see is the rivalistic other, competitors, the crowd, what we see is what is given value by them, and the one seeing it is moved by that desire, and knows and loves with that desire: the ‘self’ becomes the incarnation of that desire, jostling for security, reputation, goodness, success.
On Being Liked
James Alison (page 1)