A set of fables, with certain realistic edge.
Take the very first one, where a clever fox deceives a dumb goat for his own benefit and to save his own life… and leaves the goat to die alone.
You aren’t going to see that in school, or on TV.
But with some thought, such fables can definitely be adapted to Traveller.
Note that, while the West has abandoned its own wisdom for the sake of unrealistic (but ideologically useful) fantasies, other cultures — East Indians, in this case (the same folks who have a huge say in the Empty Quarter) — take the old tales, the wisdom, and the forgotten lessons for their own.
I suspect that the real reason why Aesop was abandoned long ago – no later than the 50s ‘Dick and Jane’ era – is hinted at by the subtitle, “Moral tales for children.”
No doubt, Our Leaders found the sentiment distasteful – overly fluffy and moralistic long ago, then overly complex for the Dick & Jane generation, and now overly retrograde and cruel.
But for me? I appreciate the tough life lessons someone else paid for, and the concise way the truths are conveyed.
In Christianity, Truths are Swords, Truths are Weapons. I’ll grab as many as I can, even from long-dead pagan slaves.