Society or Hell?


Published: April 1913
Translation: Michael Schauerte (from Japanese)
Source: Kindai shisō (Modern Thought), Vol. 1, No. 7, April 1913
HTML: Michael Schauerte

We're scared
Of each other, you and I.

And to protect ourselves,
You from me, and me from you,
We created this organization
Called society.

My enemy is you.
Your enemy is me.

You reckon I will do you in;
I reckon you will do the same.
So we wrote a thousand laws
To punish every wrong and cruelty.

This is society,
For you and me.
This is hell,
For you and me.