i think I might know the reason why people, even those who think we live in some kind of matrix(and i think those people are onto something), always feel so disconnected. It`s because, people believe they are in the machine. They think they are this thing which is so separate from the machine that they themselves feel alienated. They feel like a lonely island atop a vast, infinite ocean that separates every individual entity, when in reality, they are actually that which connects the island and the ocean. They are the part of the machine that works because of the inner workings of the machine. You are not the part of the machine that makes it function but rather the functioning of the machine. Our consciousness, is not the river that is flowing, but rather the flowing of the river. We are the apertures of light through which the true state, the true innate, raw, meaningless dark data of the universe, can be put to use and turned into something of substance. We are the apertures of light that shine through the darkness of the functioning of the machine. In short, we are not just the consciousness of our own bodies, but the consciousness of the Universe itself.