Acting in a ridiculous manner capable of causing laughter is associated with self-ignorance
, so anyone (http://www.medicaldaily.com/sense-humor-falling-down-pain-and-pleasure-375962) observing that person would laugh, feeling superior to them.
What's really being commemorated in this pose's name, and held up as an ideal for all practitioners, is that of the "spiritual warrior" who bravely battles with the universal enemy, self-ignorance
, which is the ultimate source of all our suffering.
Making good use of Shakespeare's biblical allusions, the author concludes the chapter by reading Love's Labor's Lost and The Comedy of Errors as illustrations of moral suspicion about human "self-ignorance
and self-deception" (16).
Partially, because we as women don't have enough faith in the ability of our sisters to lead, and this is due to our own self-ignorance
and the lack of true solidarity between Arab and Muslim women in our societies.
But McCauley has never been one to give in to sentimentality; he knows human nature too well to believe that the fear of imminent annihilation will have any impact on our dedication to superficial behavior and willful self-ignorance
. When William has his inevitable epiphany near the end, McCauley wisely underplays the melodrama.
Son, do not let yourself be tempted by the devil in America." With Diawara's letter and Mody's response, the author is left at the end where we meet him at the memoir's beginning, sifting through the shifting sands of self-ignorance
and awareness and thumbing innumerable glass shards of self-hate and love hoping to find grains and fragments enough to fashion a usable existence.
In other religions and sacred traditions, there is a similar understanding of spiritual freedom as freedom from self-ignorance
and self-delusion, from vices and character flaws, from negative emotions, destructive compulsions, and anything else which generates human unhappiness and prevents us from living God-centered lives of love and service to humanity.
Otten does, however, present in this context his clearest statement of what he sees as Miller's sense of tragedy: "[Quentin's] gesture summarizes the crucial message of the play, that nothing, nothing can enslave like innocence--that the greatest of crimes is the self-ignorance
that fosters the tyranny of innocence and allows it to exert its annihilating power.