In reply to your much earlier message, I do not think it was 'right' for Mephisto to use zap in response to what, as you point out, was an action of self-defence. As he so readily points out, he is responsible for his own motley crue, and I am likewise to be the judge of whether any follower of mine has done wrong. As you point out, your action may have been a little hasty, but it is hardly without precedent for Shaitan to appear with the intent of attacking you.
Harris mentioned a while back that Animists, having chosen a non-violent approach to protecting forests, should be honoured and respected in their wish to remain untainted by violence. Obviously I agree. The only problem with this is, as we all know, honour and respect are qualities that are utterly foreign to a certain section of the poplace.