Judgment Day for our Naive Hero . . .
Terrance Lindall has all but finished the illustrations to go with my story, The Bottomless Bottle of Beer, for you see the panoramic courtroom scene above in which the articulate Beelzebub is making his point on the sanctity of law:
What, then, is law? It is the most basic foundation upon which is established the universal order of all things. Natural philosophers refer to laws of nature, moral philosophers to moral law, legal philosophers to human law, and each category of law stands worthy of reverence. Respect for the laws of nature serves as paradigm for respect towards other laws. Consider the heavens, which bow in reverence to the laws dictating the orderly motions that we discover above. Imagine the disorder were the heavenly bodies to flout their laws. No, rather, such chaos is unimaginable.Beelzebub is partly lying, of course, for he and Satan's other minions rebelled against God's laws, as described in Milton's Paradise Lost, and the heavens no longer obey the original laws, for the planets themselves follow their erratic paths, from which they derive their name: "planets."
The astute reader will catch these points without their being pointed out, but despite his lies, Beelzebub speaks enough of the truth to sound persuasive, thereby giving our naive hero the legal sweats . . .