It was right there on The Huffington Post this morning: a little reminder (as if we really needed one) of our mortality, of our overall place in the greater scheme of things. Some creative if cynical soul posted to YouTube a computer-animation video depicting what could be that cosmic inevitable: Mother Earth struck by an asteroid — all to the soundtrack of Pink Floyd’s “The Great Gig in the Sky.”
With the voice of the immortal Doris Troy standing in for the cries of billions of people incinerated, the video charts the asteroid’s impact and the subsequent march of superheated air, tsunamis and earthquakes across our globe. At the end of the 4:48 video, we’re left with a final image: the earth rendered unrecognizable, capitals in cinders, continents reduced to ash, oceans vaporized, a planet dead as the moon.
One hell of a way to end one year and start another, but oddly appropriate. As we ramp up for the annual rituals of self-improvement, this little video tells us what we oughta already know: Live your life brightly. Our purchase on this time above ground is shaky indeed.
Happy New Year. No, really.