Consciousness never exists in collectivities: people, nation, society, culture, civilization.
You will not find these things anywhere; they don't exist.
Whenever and wherever you come across “people”, you will come across the individual. That is solid reality. And “people” can't have any questions. The “people” don't have any soul, the “people” is only a collective name.
It is just like a forest. From far away you can see the forest but as you come closer and closer the forest starts disappearing. When you are exactly in the forest there is no forest, there are only trees.
You will come across trees and trees and trees; unique trees, individual, having their own world; their own foliage, their own fragrance.