“Each of us places his person and all his power in common under the supreme direction of the general will; and as one we receive each member as an indivisible part of the whole.”42

Nationalism reflects the general will Rousseau writes about. Indeed, in Geoffrey Best’s collection of essays, Connor O’Brian states that “the general will in question can only be that of the nation.”43 Without a unified national consciousness, the general will would not exist. As long as several men consider themselves to be a unified single body, they have a single will. This single will expresses the common preservation and well-being of the body.44