The Fad of Bad

To me, one of the more irritating aspects of how people present themselves within paranormal, be it an individual or a team, pertains to their willingness to get involved with “demonic” cases.  There are so many teams out there who claim they have the experience necessary to handle such cases, and in lieu of that self-proclaimed fact actively seek to take on the challenge.  Let me say that second part again – there are so many teams out there to claim to have the experience necessary to handle demonic cases.  And now, let me expand on that statement by saying, in order for there to be a large number of teams with demonic experience there would have to be a large number of demonic cases.  The truth of the matter is, there isn’t.  The world isn’t being overrun by demons possessing people’s bodies and ruling their souls, and just because a haunting is the most malevolent a team has ever experienced doesn’t make it a case to be classified as “demonic”.

Personally, I’m always a bit put-off when a person involved in the field of paranormal tells me they’re really interested in demonology.  Especially when their background in paranormal, or spiritual studies, is minimal and/or concentrated in areas which, really, simply pique their interests.  Listening to people tell me about their desire to take on demonic cases is when I remind myself, again, that the field of paranormal has become a haven for thrill-seekers and people who haven’t developed a sense of responsibility for the field they’ve entered and hit the ground running.  In every well organized “society” (for lack of a better term) there are levels one must climb to reach the next.  And on each level that person much perform at a specific standard before being allowed to move onto the next higher level.  And it doesn’t end there.  That’s a cycle that repeats itself as the person hones their skills and becomes better at what they do.  Those levels are earned, but what’s most important through that entire process is the acceptance and respect of the peers who share each new level with them.  If they’re doing well and are up to par their peers will accept them and their processes, and allow them to stand on the same level with respect, knowing they all deserve to be there.

All of that said, when someone who’s been involved with paranormal for 5 years talks to me and tells me they’re all about “demonology” I immediately go to a cynical place.  I wonder what type of respect they have for the field paranormal, and how they view clients whose safety they’re ultimately responsible for – whose lives could be irreparably damaged and whose spiritual well-being destroyed because this “demonologist” didn’t know what they were doing.  I wonder what type of experience they have behind them that has led them to think they could ever, in a million years, handle a true demonic case. Have they ever assisted in a demonic case?  Have they ever personally witnessed the inner workings of a demonic case?  What is the worst type of case they have ever handled?

Demonology, to me, in a lot of cases is a paranormal fad; a catch-word people throw around as a means to seem “more” than what they are (otherwise known as “posers”).  There are very few among us in paranormal who are worthy of the term “demonologist” and those that are have a background history of study & experience that is incomparable to those who are simply throwing around the term around as if it’s nothing more or less serious than any other situation we deal with as paranormal investigators.  It would be an entirely refreshing change if more people in paranormal would stop and think before they speak or act.  If people in paranormal, especially those who use the word “demonology” like it’s not a word that denotes the serious human and spiritual crisis that it does, would stop and think about the people behind the thrill of their current “bad-ass” paranormal investigation aspiration.

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