Email: Daemonika Americana (20.6.2020)

Dear Gillian

I always find it interesting how Americans are individualistic, and highly aggressive (a set of behaviours premised upon fear). Of course, they are the embodiment of their history. They are the result of migrating European individuals who left the UK (and other places), survived an often-treacherous sea voyage and landed in a completely unknown land occupied by equally unfamiliar people, animals and plant life, etc. They aggressively advanced into the unknown using their fire-arms to clear out any and all resisting human and animal life. Through their actions, these settlers stole land that did not belong to them and raped and pillaged their way through the indigenous populations they viewed as racially and culturally inferior. Much of this was justified in the name of religion, but I do not want to dwell on this point at this juncture. Suffice to day, the Judeo-Christian beliefs accompanying them had no historical or cultural basis, (or relevance) for the indigenous peoples, etc. This is why American culture is premised upon three distinct attributes a) a rugged individualism free of any governmental restraints (as no European governments existed in the virgin lands invaded), b) fear of the unknown mediated through the Bible as a guide, and c) military aggression premised upon the ownership of fire-arms and justified (again Biblically) as ‘self-defence’. Only Americans can invade another person’s land, kill those people, enslave the survivors and justify all thus naked and brutal aggression as ‘self-defence’ when the only violence in the entire situation has come entirely from themselves. It is the madness associated with religious fervour that explains the US support for Zionist Israel, and an American system whose military has killed over 20 million people around the world since 1945. But let’s keep this focused upon the agency of individual belief. You say that ‘I do not believe in daemons’. I respond in two ways, 1) I recognise your right to make such an assessment, and 2) reiterate that although such an assessment may represent reality from your point of view, it does not represent reality from my point of view. I have no objective (or personal) experience of daemons because in my world of objective sensory awareness, daemons simply do not exist. Believing or not believing in daemons is something religionists might do, and I do neither. I do not participate in the either/or game, but work from evidence despite the broad nature of my research matter (as I study why it is that other people might believe in the existence of daemons, etc). My position is this; I see no empirical evidence for the existence of daemons, and therefore proceed from this logical position. Yes, I know religionists believe in daemons (sometimes), and that those with mental illness often ascribe their symptoms to this or that daemon whilst having no memory of this when fully cured (after a course of medicine). As these mental illnesses have emerged out of a dominant Judeo-Christian milieu, it is only logical within certain circumstances, to assume a regression to medieval times and the manifestation of daemons. My point is that humans can do despicable things to one another, nature and animals. This is part of human nature manifesting through socio-economic systems that emphasise greed and personal accumulation over compassion and collective well-being. I do not doubt that ‘daemon-like’ behaviour certainly exists within human society, but this does not mean that ‘daemons’ exist or are guiding events from the shadows. This is my viewpoint as matters stand. 

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