National causes are a mysterious force. This year, the African soccer tournament rallied Egyptians from all walks and both genders. And we won, just a few minutes ago, after penalty shots that were undoubtedly agonizing for the players and the public. The explosion of emotions in the streets is a testimony to the tension/relief cycle I see in most human processes.
I've been indifferent towards those mob reactions since I became aware of them. I'm starting to change my mind, however. Although I'd like to remain detached, the togetherness created by these events is a immensely powerful force, much more volatile than rationality, and that can be put to good use (or bad) if understood. And it has been used throughout history, by leaders and organizations, whether consciously or not. That's from the observer point of view.
From the participant point of view,