I just realized while writing on ILP that valuing is almost the opposite of consciousness.
It is, to begin with, what consciousness bounces off of - consciousness is a flat field of function on top of the permutations of valuing;
that is why it can reflect on valuing, and - mimic valuing without actually valuing. This is how weird ideas like equality regardless of merit become possible.
" The strong do what they can do and the weak accept what they have to accept. "