Study of Beelzebub's Tales




44 In the Opinion of Beelzebub, Man’s Understanding of Justice Is for Him in the Objective Sense an Accursed Mirage


“The more these indignant righteous ‘souls’ shared their impressions with others, the greater their number gradually increased, so that everywhere in the ‘Zarooaries2 on the holy planet they thought and deliberated among themselves only about this.


“As it was related to me, they began to arrange meetings and conferences everywhere in Zarooaries, to try by collective effort to arrive at some decision, and after long deliberations and complicated what are called ‘ballots’ by the righteous souls of single Zarooaries as well as by different Zarooaries, the following resolution was ultimately almost unanimously carried:


“For almost a quarter of a year they only ‘judged back and forth’ about this unprecedented turmoil, and in each ‘Zarooary’ commissions and subcommissions of every kind again set to work to resolve such an extraordinary situation as had arisen.


2 Zarooaries on the holy planet correspond approximately to what on the planet Earth are called towns and villages.