I was visiting my dad yesterday, and I decided to take a book about demons with me to read. Specifically, it was Nanditha Krishna’s The Book of Demons, a book about demons from the perspective of Indian mythology (I may write a few posts about that later on). I didn’t think anyone would notice, but my aunt did, and wondered why I’d be reading about such scary things as demons. To me it’s pretty strange that demons are treated as something to be scared, as something that can twist your mind, and in modern culture we still basically treat demons this way and make them the monsters of our horror flicks even to this day, but I hardly think demons are worth fearing.
To me, demons are no scarier than the myriad of horrors inflicted by mankind upon mankind. You know: genocides, drug abuse, coercion (especially coercion of children), deceit, sexual abuse, and everything else that happens with a total lack of regard for human life involved. And people still turn to this idea of demons, let alone the idea of Satan or Hell, being scarier than all the horror inflicted upon Man by Man, to the point what we still treat them the way we do in horror flicks.
And why stop there? For many people demons are horrifying, but what about Saw: a series of films that, from my outside perspective at least, seems to be centered around nothing more than a guy torturing people in all sorts of ways, all while apparently thinking he’s doing something good for his victims. And yet the Saw franchise is popular, and one of the most successful horror franchises in history, we even treat Jigsaw as a mascot despite the fact that Jigsaw’s character consists of nothing more than sadism. Saw and other horror movies are seen by many people as entertainment, but demons and occultism as an actual subject matter are seen as a source of fear for those same people. It just baffles me what people’s priorities are in terms of what’s “evil” and “scary” and what’s not.