From the day he is born, the Arab citizen remains tied to his destiny, his society, in which he puts an unquestionned and unlimited faith. He therefore refuses the psychological evolution that persecutes him and thus deprives himself of whatever would allow him to be receptive to external ideas, cutting himself from self assimilation and from becoming part of a greater whole.
This society rejects progress, it also rejects the emancipation of the individual from the whole and stand before him as a barrier, preventing any step out of the line, killing any rebellious attempt. No matter how hard or how many times he tries, the emancipation momentum is alway crushed. As a result, some sort of mental illness appears, breaking the good balance between the outward flow and tha backward surge into the depths of imagination.
The Arab individual gets imprisoned by illusions and ideas imposed on him by the whole ; he subjects himself to the laws of the society and its leaders, paving the way to de destruction of his own personal desires.
From a psychoanalysis perspective, Jung deemd libido to be the core of a Man’s deepest desires while Freud saw it as the siege of arousal, and in other words, the source of psychological balance. Any malfunction would logically echo on mankind as a whole. Just like libido is the gravitational center of a being, the individual is the core of a society and any abnormality would reverberate on it.
Along with the individual’s submission, comes the derive of the whoe from realistic solutions that make societies evolve. There, is the blatant contradiction that strickes the Arab citizen : the gap between these realistic considerations and the fantasies that satisfy the underground wishes, mixed with all the pressure that can be put on him on the outside.
This personna replicates itself among individuals through the subconscious self. As Jung puts it, the individual conscience is the most difficult thing to grasp as it defines itself through the peculiar characteristics of its members, that can vary from one to another, whereas the subconscient is a common factor to all which binds them to the people and its History.
The mass draws its singularity and its creativity from its members. In any given society, one’s specificity is embraced and protected, as there is this assumption that it will generate a positive outcome. Individuals from a whole, while keeping their personnal traits.
In Arab societies, it is quite the opposite : the mass destroys whatever hint of singularity, seeking to show a unique « face » where everyone is anyone, that is, the mass becomes the one and the one becomes the mass. Individuals cease to be peculiar parts of a whole, they merely are tiny, replaceable bits of it.
The Arab « mass » proves completely unable to renew its image, basking in a uniformity at all costs, which leads to the constraint of the self. This is where the constant quest for a Savior, God, emerges, with the hope that it will offer a brighter afterlife.
Translated from : أثر سلبية الكتلة على الفرد