Corollary Principle: 3.2.1 Constitutional Law, State Powers, and Citizenship
Principles of Social Futurism / Expansion & Commentary 3.2 / 3.2.1
For the purposes of managing relationships between Social Futurist communities and the entities they may encounter, we draw a distinction between sentience and sapience. Sentience is considered to be the capacity for phenomenological awareness, potentially but not necessarily including self-awareness, also colloquially known as Consciousness. Sapience refers to higher cognitive function, including capacities for reasoning and communication.
Where an entity is judged to be sentient but not sapient, then Social Futurist responsibilities to it will be limited to offering the alleviation of suffering where we have such capability. An entity is judged to be sapient where it would fully understand the rights and responsibilities associated with the status of citizenship (considered to be synonymous with personhood), and be capable of communicating meaningful assent to any offer of citizenship.
All rights and privileges which apply to citizens of Social Futurist communities are automatically extended to all sapient entities within the Social futurist sphere of influence. Such advantages also apply to sapient entities which may be considered property or non-persons of any sort. For example, sapient entities taking the form of software, machines, animals, historical recreations, fictional characters, or any type of avatar will be afforded the same basic rights as any citizen in a manner commensurate with their cognitive capabilities.