Everything. Every particle of dust. Every molecule. Every cell of every creature that has ever been. Everything from all epochs of universal time has been riding the wave of death and life—of destruction and rebirth. The universe itself is beget of ultimate collapse.
An entire planet of life was nearly annihilated when sixty six million years ago, from the depths of space, an icy rock plunged to the Earth. The interstellar boulder had travelled thousands and thousands of space miles, spewing off millions of crystals of ice and dirt and metal as it blazed through the solar system. When it entered the atmosphere, the additional friction melted massive amounts of rock, water, and metal sending gaseous compounds into the thin shell of sky. Catching the light from the sun, the comet-cloud burned like a torch, turning the sky blinding white. The coment punched a sharp hole into the Earth’s crust sending millions of tons of debris into the atmosphere and choking off the sun.
Whether on the scales of geologic time or the blink of time that is human history, the give and take between life and death.