A cosmic switch went from “on” to “off” and the darkness followed.
Of course it didn’t feel that way to the people living at the time. To them, the race to the end was an imperceptible crawl. The Final Event, the “switch”, had been decades in the making and many years in the execution. Even after the “switch”, the light still hung on for decades and the people were deluded into thinking all was fine as they slowly died out.
But to the planet Earth itself, the span of a few human lifetimes was as nothing, less than a cosmic blink of the eye.
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