- Which nations have souls?
- How long does a nation need to be in existence to have a soul?
- What are the boundaries of the nation with a soul?
- Can these be equated with political boundaries?
- Or religious boundaries?
- And who will decide what are the cultural boundaries?
- Are these fixed?
- Or do these include new emergences we cannot predict?
These are some of the questions to be considered if one wishes to tread this dangerous territory. The souls of nations, just like the souls of individuals, manifest historically in time and use circumstances to emerge into the manifestation. Of course, a continuity of habitus or the boundaries of discourse exist within cultures which have developed forms of specificity. The point of fostering such continuities, made by Mr. Sane is well taken.
At the same time, it must be recognized that the emergence of a living consciousness which handles this habitus powerfully and creatively in dialoging with the world is what is required today, not the drawing of protected boundaries to identify a sect(ion) or cult(ure) as a privileged fossil. DB