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Civilization



Civilization is not civilization
in chains.
It is not industry, or technology,
or economy.
It is society untied.
It confers the freedom
to say no, to say yes,
to remain silent.
Watch how you are watched,
to sort the citizen from the barbarian.
Speak and remain silent,
and measure the consequence.
Civilization is not compulsion,
it is compromise.

All poems are written and copyrighted by Michael C. Rush.
None may be republished or repurposed without permission.