Societies do not possess minds, of course, but in times of crisis -- war, stock frenzy, pestilence, riot -- they do develop a primitive sort of cohesiveness, a quasi consciousness approaching perhaps that of a very retarted person in a deep, drug-induced stupor. ...
Because of the stress it endures, such a society will have indefinite fears, hopes, or anxieties, and its contact with reality will be tenuous. -- John Allen Paulos ‎- поцелуйчики в строю
"At the risk of stretching the point" of course ‎- religion-neutral stethoscope