Original Post: Addiction and freedom and paradoxes in Katanagatari 03
They are not disarmed. They are free. They have their weapons, and they have their pride. It’s up to them if they put them down for a man. That is the true lesson the followers of the shrine must face: to trust a man or trust a man enough to further your own agenda or to lower your defenses in order to do what is right and/for their own happiness.
Thus the dilemma, do you do the right thing or let them into your heart and let them do what they want?
Shichika is an innocent. He has accepted the role as Togame’s sword and has made his decision. When a man loves a woman that is the be all end all of the relationship. To surrender and love someone or something more than you love yourself is to achieve devekluth. Devekluth is an old Kabbalistic concept which is to annihilate yourself and become one with God. To sacrifice who you are to become one with something greater than yourself.
Shichika has made that choice.
I love this person good or bad. I accept the person right or wrong.
It is powerful . It is dangerous. But it does make you more than you can ever be. It’s almost like when you have your first child. Something so exhilarating that you could drown in it and die with no regret.
I think that is how the refugees feel when they came to the shrine and met Tsuruga. To live and die for someone or something even when you have been abused and used by the world up to that point. No matter what you’ve been through you have found something and someone that you can believe in more than yourself.