A book I read stated that the internal mechanisms in our body that control our faculty of consciousness are directly linked to the external environment. It is a responsive mechanism and adapts to changes within our environment and surroundings. I am conscious, alive, awake, and feeling. I experience the world by being conscious. I am conscious because I feel it; feelings that correspond to certain situations in the external environment that prompt me to a reaction. I am conscious because I feel, with a contemptuous glare, the pain that death brings, that amputation brings, that the loss of dignity brings. I am conscious because I feel the fondness that a mother brings, the feeling that freedom brings, the freedom that motherland has.
I am percipient, I am conscious, but my country is suffering long lasting bouts of concussions at the hands of unconscious people with no conception of common sense. At times I assume that these “unconscious” people are conscious. And I assume so because their perception of the outside world prompts them to react. But my reason for concluding that they are conscious is simply on the merits of their outward reaction to surrounding circumstances – the death of thousands of people ate their hands, the denigration of millions, the indiscriminate slaughter, the rape of a nation and so on. Of course they too react to it, but in their own way which at times means advancement of earlier processes and killing rituals. And then it hits me, do they not perceive the consequences of their actions? Do they not feel?
The people that they indiscriminately kill are conscious. They feel. They feel pain. They feel the fear that is ominously approaching them as they hear the sound of the gun; every minute the rapid gun fire becomes louder and the soldiers closer, their heart pounds in their chest faster. They anticipate it and their adrenaline rushes. But the torturers feel not. And that’s why I say they are unconscious. Unconscious for they feel not. Unless they feel the pain that kills the conscious people they murder, their consciousness will be kept at bay, roaming in far away territories.
Unless we have grounds for believing that those who govern us are conscious and are forming conscious decisions, any attempts towards compromise and peace in Somalia are impracticable. And since consciousness has a major role in communication between humans, how can we communicate with unconscious individuals?
I am percipient, I am conscious. Are you conscious?