'Consciousness is not simply a sensory-perceptual affair, a matter of mental imagery, as the contents of our mind would have us believe. It is deeply enmeshed with the brain mechanisms that automatically promote action readiness' - Jaak Panksepp
Sometimes bubblegum says it best:
You hem me in -- behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
From this hour I ordain myself loos’d of limits and imaginary lines.
Rehearse steps on an empty stage.
That boy's got my heart in a silver cage.