In Everything Flows Vassily Grossman writes about the way what had seemed an anomaly —a gross distortion of reality — became the everyday norm. His words seem timeless to me, equally applicable today to the distortions of democracy and human rights. Think of the event below not as the Russian Revolution, but as the eleventh of September two thousand and one, or, as the stockmarket crash in two thousand and eight when one 'infallible' bank after another folded, or if you are Palestinian, the day Israel became a state.
The years passed, the dust and fog cleared, and it became possible to work out what had happened. What had once seemed like chaos, or insanity, like self destruction, like a chain of absurd coincidences, what had once driven people out of their minds became it seems so mysteriously and tragically senseless—all this gradually became recognizable as the clean distinct attributes of the new reality. p.162