I'm not basing this on my personal opinion, but Aesop was probably the most creative and innovative man during his time. While growing up as a mute, slave, he later on found himself dining with the Seven Sages of Greece (a term that was given by Ancient Greece to define law-makers, philosophers, and and statesmen). The fact that people like Socrates, Sophocles, and Ennius referred to Aesop's fables in one way or another, which indicates that he was a literary genius.
In his mind he knew that people would be "turned off" by the morals and flaws of mankind, if he used actual human-based characters. So, he used animals and inanimate objects to tell the story for us. He gave them a personality and spirit as if they were like any human being. Talking animals and objects was something that no one had ever seen or done before.
I find it quite ironic that the concept of "Thinking Outside the Box", still applies 2,500 years later. If you want people to notice the type of impact that you're trying to make on society, then you have to do things differently. Some will call you "crazy". Others will call you "mad" or "insane", but like the great, late Robin Williams said, "You're only a given a little spark of madness. You mustn't lose it." Meaning whatever dream or hope that you may have in my brain, let the dream or hope take you places that you'd never imagine.
KEEP PUSHING, INNOVATORS!!! Like Aesop and Mr. Williams, people will soon be looking at your legacy for their inspiration.
Peace up, Deuces down.