There have been MANY people throughout the history of the human experience telling us about the true nature of this virtual, and very ILLUSORY, reality, and the interconnected nature of our existence. Tom was NOT the first. Although they may have used different metaphors to describe the "big picture", the messages and maps given to us over the course of history are very similar. In spite of all the "help" we have received, and in spite of all the "road maps" pointing the way towards "lowering entropy", "evolving SPIRITUALLY", and "growing up", STILL the message has, mostly, fallen upon many "deaf' ears. Sometimes, the message is just a tiny seed that may take root later and blossom in only a small few of all the people that hear of it.
Apparently, there is a HUGE difference between knowing the path, and WALKING the path. and it is easy to underestimate the power of this virtual/ illusion/ simulation, to fool our senses. So we will continue to receive "nudges", hints, and tip-offs, by way of the psi uncertainty principal. But it is up to the individuals to choose for themselves whether or not to accept or ignore these directions and nudges.
Its not easy to buck all of your cultural belief systems and go against the POPULAR view of this as a (strictly) MATERIAL existence. Or the alternative concept of following religious dogma in the face of overwhelming evidence that there is more to spiritual growth than just lighting candles, donating money, and praying in church for an hour or two every Sunday.
LOVE is the answer