Whether you are a parent,
or it’s not yet apparent,
I do call upon you
– for the sake of everybody,
and for my sake as well
(since I had no such education),
you need to enlighten your child.
People are wild –
animals living in the wild will be less;
less brutal, brute and brutish than man.
Real predators have language –
the tongue of people kills and torments;
not for the weekly nutrition,
not for meat or blood,
but for their own pleasure
they kill and wound by their words.
Tell your child the truth:
that fear that makes you jump feets
from spiders or snakes,
that fear that freezes you with a cramp
from rabid dogs or wolves
have all mistaken the real object of fear:
(the merchant, the classmate,
the servant, the stagnate,
the young and the old and even the dead,
then even the poet by whom this lecture is said)
are all worse then animals,
from the bottom of your heart,
for that fear may save your heart
may save your heart from becoming like us.