When you are awake and aware of your surroundings, that's consciousness. There are different types of consciousness, including social consciousness, being aware of injustices in society.

The early Latin word conscius meant "with knowing," but it meant a shared knowledge, a meaning that was retained through the 16th Century. John Locke was the first to describe consciousness in relation to the individual, referring to it as “the perception of what passes in a man’s own mind." If you lose consciousness during the performance, we'll wake you up with some smelling salts!

Definitions of consciousness
  1. noun
    an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation
    “he lost consciousness
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    a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
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    stream of consciousness
    the continuous flow of ideas and feelings that constitute an individual's conscious experience
    ego, self
    your consciousness of your own identity
    awareness, sentience
    state of elementary or undifferentiated consciousness
    aesthesia, esthesia, sensibility
    mental responsiveness and awareness
    the state of remaining awake
    (Jungian psychology) the inner self (not the external persona) that is in touch with the unconscious
    a periodic state during which you are conscious and aware of the world
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    cognitive state, state of mind
    the state of a person's cognitive processes
  2. noun
    the state of having knowledge of
    “his sudden consciousness of the problem he faced”
    synonyms: awareness, cognisance, cognizance, knowingness
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    a lack of knowledge or recognition
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    awareness of your own individuality
    an intuitive awareness
    a general conscious awareness
    bearing, orientation
    a person's awareness of self with regard to position and time and place and personal relationships
    self-awareness plus the additional realization that others are similarly aware of you
    sense of direction
    an awareness of your orientation in space
    sense of responsibility
    an awareness of your obligations
    type of:
    a clear and certain mental apprehension
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