UNITED STATES
Nevertheless, Humanity Has Persisted
Text by Samantha Ross
October 20, 2020
Early March, just after my spring break started, I was told my university would be closing, and we would finish our semesters online as a precaution for COVID-19. This was beyond heartbreaking to me. It was my last semester of school and within a week of moving back home, I had never felt lonelier.

I knew I could not be the only one feeling the extreme loneliness. Within days people were taken from families, in more ways than one. We could no longer go and see friends, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings, or significant others. Nevertheless, humanity has persisted… starts as that feeling. The deserted roads, alleys, and well-known hubs that people congregate—all empty. An eeriness that we have all felt lingering in the back of our minds from the beginning of quarantine, the sense that nothing will be the same. As the video progresses, much like life did in March and April, there is a bit of hope and light that peaks through the bleak and dreary. The act of helping, dancing, and just realizing we all exist together is what keeps us going.

Many things have changed since the making of this video. I cannot say that it would have the same outcome if I remade it today, but I do know that there is still hope in the world. I can see it through countries that have been able to slowly open back up. I can see it in content and art being made through friends. I know that there will be a day in the future that all of this will just be a piece of the past. That it will be a time we look back on and are grateful for what we overcame.

Samantha Ross, Nevertheless, Humanity Has Persisted, Video/Found footage, 3 minutes 14 seconds