Let's say there are three waking states:
1. Asleep while awake state- completely identified with ones thinking (i.e. I am my ego). Most people live like this.
2. Awake state - "Pure" Consciousness. Sense perceptions still arise but there is no an entity (or maybe just a small trace of on) experiencing them. This state is the goal of a lot of spiritual paths.
In the two examples above there is a world and humanness is experienced, just in different ways. You could say that the "Asleep while awake" and "Awake" person play different versions of the world/human simulation.
3. Absolute state - This is beyond all content. There is no trace of any entity. Pure silence. The "simulation" has ended.
So you can be "spiritual" and still play the simulation. The funny thing is, the more "spiritual" you are the more the world actually appears to be a simulation.