Sub-conscious of a nation

The subconscious is something lurking just below awareness,

  • in a human being,
  • in a community, and
  • in the collective awareness of a nation.

The collective conscious of a nation is comprised of several sets of beliefs, biases and prejudices. That makes it a rather malleable set, constantly shifting and assuming new shapes. It is an active entity which charges ahead, and charts the course of a nation. It is also a passive entity which follows the leaders, in bits and parts, not as a whole. And that makes it highly moldable clay in the hands of master craftsmen.

Parallels between an individual and a nation

1. History

Individual

The subconscious mind is nothing but the “neural pathways” that have been established in your brain as result of your past beliefs and conditioning. During your unconscious existence, when you weren’t aware enough, you ended up imbibing a lot of limiting beliefs, negative conditioning and misguided perceptions about life, that you took to be “true” and hence believed in them enough to create strong neural pathways in your brain about them — causing these patterns of thought to become “subconscious”.

Nation

We carry the painful memories of being a slave nation, of a partition that cut across a generation that had grown together, and of being subjected to third party manipulation before the declaration of sovereignty. Though that generation is now largely extinct, it has left behind those fears on the collective psyche.

Unfortunately, the British model of ‘Divide and Rule’, is also seen as a successful model, and is emulated in the corporate and political arenas. ‘The Great Divide’ between the haves and have-nots still exists, as amassing of wealth by a few, by exploiting the masses continues. The Rebel instincts, too, refuse to die down, as they are denied a share in the ownership of the nation. Action and Reaction, Heart and Brain, Conscious and Subconscious of the nation, thus, continue to feed each other.

2. Mass Behavior

Individual

It has been studied biologically that the signals of the heart are transmitted to the brain via the blood stream, while the brain’s signals are transmitted to the entire body, in terms of the vibration it produces (for example a fearful thought creates a vibration of fear which is felt in the body and accessed by the heart). So, the heart feeds the brain, which in turn feeds the heart and thus creates a cycle of amplification of any signal that got started.

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