Editor, The Times:
So many mercuric marches.
It is said baby boomers have seen more changes in their lifetimes than any preceding generation.
As a baby boomer myself, I watched on the television screen as a million people in Paris marched in a unity rally and I feel that emotion that has driven the boomers.
That emotion is a sense pride and an unwavering faith that we will reign victors over malfeasance, whatever it looks like.
With tears of emotion just below the surface, I watched as cross-cultures marched, carrying banners that unite — “Je Suis Charlie.”
I think back to so many other big marches I’ve witnessed: the moving march on Lincoln Centre in Washington, D.C., for freedom; the moving march at Tienanmen Square in China for freedom.
And then there is the march to the Place de Republic in Paris for freedom of expression.
The concentric words in this sampling are “moving,” “march” and “freedom.”
Yes, the boomers are of the generation that saw firsts in so many areas, including space travel and the world-wide social network, but the most significant of these sights is people moving forward, marching for freedom.
It’s an incredible unifier.