in a true to life version of The Matrix, there would be another group of humans who had discovered their terrible plight, but instead of fighting, had agreed to contribute to the illusion in return for living the best life possible inside the illusion.
Imagine a version of The Matrix where Keanu realised what was going on, but didn’t have the strength to break out, and slips back into the illusion.
At first it bothers him greatly - he becomes agitated and afraid. He refuses to trust anyone. Desperately longing to scream his discoveries at everyone, but painfully aware of the absolute madness they would understand it to be.
For it is certainly a mad concept, which could never be real.
So slowly, he learns to forget, and to slide along in ‘normalcy’.
But every now and then, out of the corner of his eye, or in the back of his ear, he is reminded of the truth, and feels a great discomfort. So he does what he can to try to forget one more time.
The dead air in the training room.
Either way, Neo is screwed eventually.