I've been grappling with similar issues and I'm afraid I don't have any answers. Trying to forge authentic connections in an algorithmic age seems to involve a lot of scrolling and surfing on the superficial surface of things. I just hope that eventually it gets easier to sift through all the trite. I tried living entirely without social media for a while, and failed. I'm now trying to 'tap into the empathic collective consciousness', as you put it, without 'letting go of the intellectual, analytical left brain'. It's got to be worth a go. Wish me luck! And good luck to you, too.

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