As an observer, still having not read the story, yet, I think this conversation is rather interesting, especially since it involves the Dynamic Pair of The Past and The Present. Without a doubt, these two will look extremely similar, due to the very fact that they are a dynamic pair. Such is especially true should one focus on only a single Throughline.
Thus, the question, then, that should be asked is this: If the source of conflict is The Present (problems sourced by what is happening, rather than problems seen as happening) in the OS, then what proof exists for conflict sourced from Learning, Conceiving, and The Conscious? However, this still might lead to the same review of Dynamic Pairs...
Also, don't forget that these are also examinations of the following processes:
Present-ing vs Past-ing
Learning vs Understanding
Conceiving vs Conceptualizing
Conscious-ing vs Memory-ing
From the sounds of the descriptions of the reasons that bad things happen, I hear Past-ing (ruminations of previous lives, historical territory-izing, etc...) as this source. This, as opposed to Present-ing (marking or ignoring the status quo, bleating on bad times that just exist, etc...) as source of conflicts. Having not read the story, the descriptions thus far point to the former, The Past as the source (subtext), and the latter, The Present as execution (skinning).
To be honest, I wonder how common such an arrangement of subtext and skinning with dynamic pairs might be...