Thing is, we do want the contemporary morals implemented, and some things haven't changed in thousands of years, regardless if it is a fantasy setting or set in the "real world". The killing of infants, like murder in general or stealing is one of them. That also extends to animals or, vermin. Goblins are on a higher tier, because they are an intelligent people with culture and language and, most importantly, they are humanoid. So you would have a hard time drowning a baby cat already, but a much harder time killing an infant that can talk back and resembles something you are very familiar with.
I think your argument bites itself. "most importantly, they are humanoid." You seem to agree that people of any race are worth the same. While you are willing to expand the set of entities to whom your system of morals applies beyond tribe and race to all humanoids you draw the border at "most importantly humanoid". So it does not apply to sentient beings that are not humanoid. Is "can a human create viable offspring with it" a good basis for a system of morals? If current western morals are to be normative then why is "racism" evil but "speciesism" is not?
"Thing is, we do want the contemporary morals implemented" I do not want that at all. It's all arbitrary and rooted in cultures that simply do not exist in the forgotten realms.
Last edited by ArmouredHedgehog; 18/10/2004:41 PM.
I sometimes use thought experiments. I don't necessarily believe in every idea I post for discussion on this forum