We look the other way, not wanting to get involved.
We voice our opinion, but only to those who agree and listen.
We grow accustomed to the new norm, forgetting how things were.
We ignore the signs that history is repeating, believing we are different than before.
Erosion of the cor ners of the foundation,
cracks that grow from within.
Bricks removed, one by one,
and the mortar re turns to sand.
This is how we collapse.
This is how we crumble.
This is how the dictator
turns democracy into rubble.