ingrate: "if there is a cure that will possibly help prevent my death or that of someone I love, I have no moral objections to it, because, fuck morals. We do what we can to survive and to help those we love, and acting from some position of ideolgical purity doesn't matter much in the end. "
you said it! (although my desire would be to prevent suffering, not necessarily death).
and i think what you said here raises the most interesting questions:
" On the other hand, I don't know that I would choose treatment if I thought it would help justify the ongoing torture or murder of others"
i find it rather interesting to ponder how we each - individually - address this sort of question.
as for human treatment of others (including animals of all sorts), i'm sure one could come up with all kinds of analyses around human treatment of other humans vs human treatment of non-human beings (not just other animals). but i absolutely think the underlying causes are the same, and - at the risk of sounding like a primmie, which i am not - i think it starts with domestication and everything around that. sure, humans may have dominated/exploited other non-human beings for a bit before they started doing it to other human animals, but how significant is that in the big picture, when it is very clear that for quite a long time now, humans dominate others of every species?
and to be clear: i do not see hunting wild animals for food/materials, or harvesting wild plants for food/materials, as domination or exploitation or torture etc. of course at some point it moves beyond simple survival (and immediate comfort). enter domestication.
for sure many (if not most) humans view non-humans as inherently less important lives and less worthy of any basic feelings or consideration. so if that is your point, it seems indisputable. but to me, in the big picture, the difference is negligible. a mindset of domination and control applies across the board. it is the same reason i refuse to acknowledge any human-human oppression as either more important, or more foundational, than the overarching mindset. again, i'm speaking of the big picture. in any specific situation, whatever dominations are affecting a being, are in fact the most important to them at that time.
(wow, good coffee!!!)
so, something is being weird, I hope I am not double posting right now...faa - I would agree that suffering is individual (although I would say that if you look at generational traumas there might be an argument for some sort of concept of group suffering, but I haven't thought much on that). What I meant by systemic suffering is the systems that create suffering as essentially a byproduct of their functioning. The easiest example, and what I was thinking primarily of, is industrial scale animal agriculture. So the means of inflicting suffering on individual entities is systematic. I think one could make similar arguments around various forms of human slavery, residential schools for indigenous youth, the holocaust, probably deforestation, definitely animal testing for science...Does that maybe clarify what I meant?Half unrelated, an interesting book I read several years ago was called State Structure and Genocide by Andrew Kolin, which essentially argues that genocide is the natural conclusion of state formations of power, but does so not from an anarchist perspective (at least not explicitly), but from that of a social scientist. When I read it, I had total confirmation bias happening, but it was interesting to see that line of logic argued not by someone who agrees with everything I think.
First, it would depend on whether or not the loved one in question desires to be cured and whether or not they would accept that cure.
Second, if they desired it, I'd probably use it without any justification at all. To whom and where ought I address my justification? That said, the world is already full of oft-used technologies begotten via nefarious means and I try to pick carefully those I find useful where and when I'm able. (Why do hippies and their VW's come to mind with this question?)
I feel that's the best I can do...as I sit here on land stolen from tribal peoples typing on a toxic device manufactured, more likely than not, in shitty conditions via the Web created by the military-industrial complex.
" if they desired it, I'd probably use it without any justification at all. To whom and where ought I address my justification?"