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CONSCIOUS CINEMA The Ties That Bind Us E By Brent Marchant ver feel like you were completely on your own, isolated and discon- nected from everyone and every- thing? In a world beset by indif- ference, selfishness and greed, it’s easy to see how one might get that impression. Yet, often within a rel- atively short time after the onset of those feelings, we find ourselves comfortably ensconced in the company of family, friends and community, a part of a larger whole. And those feelings tend to per- sist, sometimes so much so that we start to take them for granted. The reason we often feel that way is because that sense of connection is our natural state of being. In a universe where everything, including us, is made up of the same fundamental building blocks, we’re all inherently linked to everyone and everything 37 | HAPI Guide