Morkus from Orkus
D&D is quite a bit different from Earth. Here we are all human. There you have not just humans and humanoids, but dragons, mindflayers, githyanki, intelligent constructs and more. They are are going to think differently, quite a bit differently when it comes to aberrations, and have different social contracts. So which social contract do they have to hold up on their end in order to be a person? Human? Their own? If they hold up their own and the social contract is different, even opposite to the human social contract, are they people? Are they not people? Are they only people to themselves? If they're only people to themselves, then humans won't be people to them.Well, everything we currently consider intelligent* on Earth is considered a person. Like seven billion of them. Quite a lot. Does it have much meaning here?
The point of caling something a "person" is to note that it ought to get a certain amount of basic respect, not be made to unnescesarily suffer, and be assumed to have some rights, so long as it holds up its own end of the social contract - life, liberty, and the purfuit of happineff, and such stuff.
You'd prefer that in our game worlds, intelligent beings... not generally get that?
Sure. It's just a more complicated situation than just naming everything intelligent a person.Have you thought through the ethical ramifications of that?