It's coming through a hole in the air,
from those nights in Tiananmen Square.
It's coming from the feel
that it ain't exactly real,
or it's real, but it ain't exactly there.
From the wars against disorder,
from the sirens night and day,
from the fires of the homeless,
from the ashes of the gay:
Democracy is coming to the U.S.A.

by Leonard Cohen

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A great write from a great man. RIP, Leonard Cohen.
Democracy is the only hope for the world to survive despite having its own shortcomings.
Leonard Cohen had a love affair with words throughout his career. This poem is no exception- every line carries his brand.
When two different worlds collide, another reality is forming. The religious, feminist, philosophical and political polemics lead to wars, fires, and ashes. Democracy gains a new meaning. Wonderful poem.
Usually, in the pluralist societies or in the multicultural communities, there are different tolerances, especially religious tolerances for the people to live peacefully. A society can maintain its ethic and moral values when a part of the citizens can let others have different opinions together with the right to share their ideas.
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