Extra years, anyone?

If you were offered extra years to live, would you take them? Would you accept to live for more than a hundred years? We might expect a young man in the prime of his life and who is enjoying every minute of it to say yes directly without thinking, but will his answer be the same after he has spent, let’s say a hundred years on this earth? Personally, I don’t think so. What helped me reach this opinion and made me think of this topic in the first place is a play I have recently read with the name “The Makropulos Case”, which was written by the Czech writer Karel Capek and was first performed on stage in 1922. The idea which the play symbolizes is very interesting, especially that it comes wrapped up in a funny well-plotted story that manages to convince the reader with the solution that the characters eventually reach, and which is based on the opinion that an immortal life is not really something to be desired, and the best person to prove this fact is someone who has actually tried it, and that is “Elina Makropulos” who has lived for over three hundred years due to reasons explained throughout the play. When life stretches to be long, it loses its splendor and beauty, and when you live more than the usual, things stop being as interesting and exciting to you as before, because then, you will have seen almost everything and tried every possible experience and feeling. Nothing will matter or make a difference to you anymore, not even a compliment will bring you the happiness it was meant to bring, because by then you will have received hundreds of them. Love will no longer feel like love and food will be just another simple detail that you have to deal with and eat. In general, life will most probably become boring, monotonous, cold as ever and with no purpose at all. And now, what will your answer to my first questions be?


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