What is a march? It occurs in military campaigns, musical compositions, protests, and parades. It means to advance inexorably. A march is not something that is stopped. It is a dedicated mass movement. Marching is what we are doing now, marching arm-in-arm six-feet-apart around the globe. Scientists, manufacturers, healthcare workers, citizens… Like the inevitable spring, we are moving forward together.
It’s a remarkable moment in history that will reverberate for storytelling generations to come. And it is here now. Going through something is, of course, much more immediate than recalling it, with all the dangers that can represent. It changes you. It’s like being rewired and experiencing undetected parts of our personality as they are activated and come online. Or, like waves of emotion that cascade through and crash like a shoreline of heartbreak, commitment, compassion, and dedication.
The word unprecedented fails only because it somehow implies that it contains what is happening.
Why do we march? We march because we are dedicated to advancing inexorably towards the vaccine, towards redemption, towards a new world where we are all inextricably connected and more dependent on each other than we ever suspected.
“Life is a series of experiences, each one of which makes us bigger, even though sometimes it is hard to realize this. For the world was built to develop character, and we must learn that the setbacks and grieves which we endure help us in our marching onward.” – Henry Ford