I keep trying to use the form of Indian philosophical sutras to express my understanding of materialism and transcendence although this involves repetition of phrases that are my best attempt to account for the emergence of consciousness from unconscious biological processes -
Naturally selected organismic sensitivity to environmental alterations quantitatively increased until it was qualitatively transformed into conscious sensation.
Then, sensation was naturally selected because pleasure and pain have survival value.
Thus, animal consciousness is a biological means to survival.
However, human consciousness has become a moral end in itself.
We exist for consciousness, not for self.
Being became self-conscious through psychophysical organisms.
Thus, being is the universal subject of consciousness although most natural processes remain unconscious.
Individual organisms are not separate selves but members of the one universal self.