Consciousness is of course not something that we really can understand or clearly define thru the current level of knowledge found in science or philosophy. So here i use the term more as a meta-word that so to say brings us understanding of the subjects wholeness of their psyches and their potentials. In bringing the ones that are in contact with them a perceived higher level of status in a variety of settings in relation to other subjects there. Whether it be in culture science or social settings as to name a few.
Everywhere we turn we categorize humans and life in general upon their perceived or estimated level of consciousnesses. But not thru its potentials in becoming someone with a higher consciousness. This ac cures whether we would like to admit it or not. Every year 56 million babies are aborted across the world. We mostly consciously ignore this because it is so culturally grounded within our psyches. Most humans set their own welfare or social status as the deterministic factor which promotes the abortion. Only visualizing the negative outcomes from having the baby and not thinking about the potential it has in reaching a higher form of consciousnesses who could help or bring humankind forward in some field of science or in great thought who could inspire others as to name a few possibilities. And in the judging of the baby’s status as not compatible with a real human in the descriptive term of a fetus. Which directly diminishes its value because of its lover stage of development. The fetus terminology so to say locks in the baby in the present without taking its futurity in to the assesmentof it. With its progress in the becoming of a conscious, moral citizen with capacity to contribute in society and the world.
A worm is seen for most humans as a creature having a very low innate value from which it can get protection from being crushed by a bicycle wheel as an example. But its value correlates with its function in the Eco system as an entity turning fallen leafs into soil in which we cultivate our food in. That gives the worm a ecological high value. Most humans in contrary to that example only basically can be described more thru a perspective of something parasitical that mostly burden the planet. These examples fit value assessments of persons who sees the world thru the materialistic and nihilistic worldview defining it without any higher moral framework as a incitement. So a rational matematical woldview of “plus and minus”, contribution or consuming effects. Also a large amount of humans assess the value of others in a similar way but thru their subconscious i Believe, and through this affect their subjective value assessments of humans and life in general.
Lets face it , if we are purely materialistic we could easily thru derivative logic compare the outcome and effects of worms and compare them to most humans and give them both statuses and values derived from these. This is the danger in having a worldview purely materialistic. We must have respect for the immense value aspect of grounding ones morality thru self interest or altruism and that which is good.