I came across this statement, "People need stories more than bread itself. They tell us how to live and why." At first I thought it a little over the top. I mean really, food is pretty darn important to life. But then again, have you ever been in the middle of a great book and you just can't stop reading long enough to eat? I have. It was a great trade off, I much preferred reading to eating. I did that with a whole series once, lost a bit of weight. It was great.
But the more I thought about the quote the more it made sense.Stories aren't just for entertainment, though that's not a bad thing. Even if it's not a fable or allegory or even a mathematical story problem, stories teach us. They teach us of choices and consequences, of universal themes such as trust, betrayal, hope and determination. Stories teach us who we are.
Every book that I love, that I want to hug and make a part of me has taught me something about myself, about what I would do in certain situations, about what I'm willing to put up with, and what I think most important.
Do you think stories help teach us how to live? Do you like them more than food?