And that was it.
That was the photo.
A simple, humble photo.
A simple, humble photo that would become the logo; the logo of hope.
The logo of hope that would become the symbol; the symbol for and against.
The symbol for and against that became the icon; the icon of the mad generation.
The icon of the mad generation that became the flag; the flag of the nation.
A most powerful and violent and impactful nation ever to realise existence.
The flag of the nation that waved on this day. The flag of the nation that waved effortlessly and proudly, oblivious to the poisonous gases that caused its random flicking to and fro. The flag, standing tall, flying alone, at the wake of humankind’s destruction.
But what was this simple, humble photo to know of its destiny?
After all there were thousands just like it, all taken at the same time on the same auspicious day. It was taken by one Mark Cunning, on his myPhone (that will be relevant later). The media company in charge of marketing the maiden flight of The Pioneer chose Mr Cunning’s photo over countless others because his photo had captured the light of the sun on the rocket-boosters just right, causing the boosters to appear white against the dark side of the moon.
If you could even call it the dark side of the moon.
Not some 15 years earlier, a comet no bigger than a house collided with the moon’s surface, causing a barely visible earthquake-like crack to reach deep into the very core of the moon. We were told it was because the moon had a pressure point, and the comet merely hit that spot at the right time. The result was minor at first, with no visible major damage from the comet, our scientists downplayed the event. However, the moon’s low gravity could not keep the shattered bits of rock together and some years after the impact, large chunks of moon started falling to earth.
But it wasn’t the city-sized fireballs that got the governments of the world to unite, nor was it religion that used the apocalyptic events to justify God. No, it was Yahoogle that united the world.