On the contrary, it becomes a matter of having a world outlook capable of supporting a good argument for particular behaviours and as I have pointed out several times already, the nature of it being relegated to a "sub-level" makes it necessarily irrelevant its a primary requirement of a good argument to have a practical level hence irrelevant, since consciousness is merely a fancy name for a particular composition of atoms If you are saying a reductionist view is primary you don't have a good argument for issues of justice etc the issue is that you have no good argument (or alternatively, a personal code of behaviour that runs contrary to your world view) Issues arise when even the protagonist displays behaviour contrary to what they are advocating as primary If you are subscribing to a reductionist paradigm, you. Because if you are defining a particular quality as the ultimate ground for reality, it necessarily follows that nothing else has the scope to contextualize it. IOW if everything is made of atoms, what things escape that definition? If you are viewing things at a reductionist level, the only alternative views are (ultimately) inconsequential If you are saying everything is ultimately made up of atoms, you have no further primary fields to work with If you are seeing something as primary (aka atoms), everything else (aka compassion, justice, etc) is secondary. Which then leads to the problem of you having a world view that runs contrary to even your behaviour as I said, If you don't believe me just try and explain how you can bring ethical/moral/judicial issues to bear on someone accepted as having no higher ontological status beyond being a collection of atoms IOW the only way you can introduce a good argument for it being wrong for one set of atoms to interact with another set of atoms (such as the atoms of a knife working its way through the atoms of a living entity's throat) is if there are very important, primary precepts about reality beyond the mere organization of atoms IOW its about the consequences that arise from what you hold as primary.