Several trains of thought are going through my mind:
Number one – I recognize truth where it can be found, be it from
Mahatma Gandhi, Mother Theresa, the Bible or Koran, the writings of philosopher Milton Mayeroff. So I recognize the truth of much in the three volumes. If I disagreed I wrote it in the margin, and that was only on a few but primary spots. I agree, that much of religion is rote and enslaving. But, there is a huge difference between living in the spirit, and being religious. I just moved, and visited a church – left after ten minutes, because it reeked of what was not deep and genuine. But this week I found one where there was genuine deep thought, that did not follow rote, rather wisdom. So- not all preachers, politicians etc. are self focused, but one has to use discernment to find the ones who are. In volume 3, that is exactly like the teacher, she recognized the untruths and ways that truth was twisted, but surged ahead and stayed her course in presenting truth to her students.
At the same time, many people are not capable of stretching their belief system in one large swoop. There needs to be a way you can expand readership without disparaging the individuals faith background.
Number two – as one taking leadership in guiding lives, it is of value to read something like ‘On Caring’ by Milton Mayeroff. It’s a short little volume, but very sage, full of wisdom on helping others grow, and specifically aligns it with the similar caring one has for a score of music or script they are writing. Allow that to filter into your thoughts in re-writing.
I am wondering about the issues with the state. Is your organization for profit or listed as a non profit? Is there a board of directors or check and balance? There are 9 different types of legal non-profit organizations. It seems like this would fall under one as a fraternal organization.
At any rate, I am glad to give you whatever help I am able to.