A Better Good Book
Here’s an open challenge to any religious people lurking out there: Put away your holy book for 3 months and read Aesop’s fables instead. I contend that you’ll find the fables to be just as useful as, if not superior to, your present text.
Aesop’s fables are morally instructive: They illustrate the foolishness of negative behaviors such as greed and false pride, while promoting honesty and a sense of fair play.
Aesop’s fables are family friendly: They do not contain genocide, infanticide, or rape.
Aesop’s fables are civilized: They do not promote animal sacrifice or slavery.
Aesop’s fables are inclusive: They are not racist, misogynistic, or homophobic.
Aesop’s fables are practical: They do not list any silly rules about what we must wear or eat.
Aesop’s fables are easy to understand: They often conclude with a clearly stated moral, so people are unlikely to argue over different interpretations.
I could go on, but I think you get the idea. So what do you say? Are you willing to take the Aesop challenge?