It happens gradually.
A slow fade from black to gray.
It happens in subtle increments:
one deed leading to another
that it comes as a surprise to you
when you finally realize the magnitude it has reached.
It eats at your conscience-
blunting principles and
until you no longer think twice
of doing it again.
Why bother? you wonder.
Nobody’s gotten hurt.
Little do you realize that it is yourself that you are hurting.