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!!!)