Posted: June 29th, 2021
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In natural law ethics, nature and the natural processes of life are good while going against nature and natural human inclinations is bad.
The Makropulos Affair (Links to an external site.) is a famous three-act opera written by the Czech composer Leos Janacek, based on a play of the same name by Karel Capek. It tells the story of Elina Makropulos who, at the age of 42, is given an elixir of life by her father. The elixir allows her to live another 300 years at her current biological age. After those 300 years, she can choose to take the elixir again and live for another 300 years, or she can allow herself to die naturally. The opera/play concludes with her having lived out her 300 years. She has outlived all her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, friends, lovers and relatives. Times have changed and she has witnessed much history. She now has to choose to drink the elixir again (there is only one dose left) or not.
She asks your advice.
If offered, would you have taken the dose?
What should she do with the last and only dose?
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