In my younger days, my father often sang Quebec folklore to us, among others: Envoyons d’l’avant, nos gens (“Let’s go ahead, folks”). Work was difficult and this song rekindled the ardour of the raftsmen. The magazines of 2020 encouraged us to revive hope in order to live better through the pandemic; the winter magazine offered a star named hope to stand firm. Today, we are together to move forward. Pope Francis encourages us to move from I to we, because we are in the same boat and we are all called to row together, a dream of fraternity and social friendship1. There is an African proverb that says: Alone we go faster, together we go further. In canoeing and kayaking, synchronization is a key element to win the race, isn’t it? The more teammates are sensitive to each other, the greater the strength. Synergy makes it possible to row, to go further. In other words, the greater the strength, the greater the chances of succeeding in synchronization. Let’s create this synergy between us to overcome the obstacles that stand in our way and give strength to this universal desire for humanity.
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