Stories are at the heart of human culture. Stories are the basis for entire industries. Stories are the foundation of all fiction writing. Stories are what we tell our kids, what we tell each other, and most importantly, what we tell ourselves. We never seem to run out and we never tire of telling the best ones over and over.
When a group of people tell each other the same stories over and over, they grow closer. They find they have commonality. There is plenty of grease for the wheels of their society. When they tell each other lots of conflicting stories, tensions rise; divisions occur. When they tell themselves one story and tell others a conflicting one, they are generally criminals, liars, or hypocrites. Continue reading