Consciousness is not a state, rather it is an action. This means that an individual cannot be conscious. An individual can only act with consciousness.
Consciousness is not a state, rather it is an action. This means that there can be no conscious community. There can only be a group of people who are acting with consciousness at a given moment.
There can be no existential state of consciousness.
Many people mistake themselves to BE things that they DO.
You can't be a Buddhist or a Muslim or a Christian. You can only practice Buddhism, Islam or Christianity.
You can't be a musician. You can only live within the discipline of music.
You can't be someone's lover. You can only treat them in every moment with love.
Therefore, there should be no pride associated with these things. They are simply beliefs and practices.
Now, there are things that you undeniably are, that you BE.
I am a man. I am brown. I am tall.
However, I can't act like a man, act brown or act tall,
They are states, rather than actions.
This concept does not stand against the natural roles we assume when we are living purposefully.
Rather, it sets the stage for us to assume these roles.