Have you seen "The Matrix"? Great movie!
Are you alive and free? Or are you just a living "Copper-Top"?
Let me explain -
In the story, the humans were one of two entities. A person that lived a true existence, not wired into the psuedo-existence generator or a person plugged into a virtual world, the matrix, perceiving a form of reality, but in actuality were nothing more than a battery used to fuel the machines of the robots that had taken over the earth centuries before.
I'm sure that you would be able to apply the allegory to our current national and political environment. I'll be back to oblige those that may not be making 'the connection'. It's late.