Shinigami – Hollow distinction
I list below the characteristics of shinigami and hollows. Although I list them side by side, the items are not meant to be exact counterparts/opposities.
accept the world desire revolution
obey, observe rules break all the limits
do not eat eat, hunger for more
limit, form excess, formlessness
stable, “dead” changing, evolving
sense of purpose despair
satisfied with their place insatiable, need to be on top
look inside for the good look outside for the good/liberation existential fear, anxiety
The shinigami form is not identical to the hollow form. How then is it possible that the shinigami power = hollow power?
Answer: the characteristics of shinigami and hollow are not contradictory – they are complementary opposites.
How is it possible to integrate these? What does it mean to become one with hollow/zanpaktou?
Answer. It is not to live as hollow; assume a hollow form or desire. It is to:
- have full understanding and control over one’s power (control being realized by instinct and mutual love and trust with the zanpaktou/inner hollow). Trust instincts, but do not let them guide you independently of reason.
- have the purpose which is not limited nor self-contradictory nor evidencing the lack of self-acceptance
- be open for novelty; do not absolutize any limited form or power