So what in the world is most frightening?
Having looked everywhere, nothing at all!
If so, is there anything frightening in people?
I'm afraid of my own stupidity - incalculable!
Don't you mean afraid of other people's stupidity?
That's no trouble if our own doesn't push them!
What about the stupidity of criminals?
If we aren't stupid they won't dare anything!
Not afraid of suffering birth, illness, aging, and death?
They burn us because we're so foolish!
You mean if never stupid, then never suffering?
I'm certain: afraid of my own stupidity and that's all!
extracted from Buddhadasa Bhikkhu's Ethical Poems