Saturday, February 25, 2012

Why do we Tell Stories? according to oots

From my favorite webcomic Order of the Stick, in answer to the question, why do we tell stories:
Stories are cool and exciting, funny or sad, silly or deep. They don't need a reason to exist. 
Though listening to stories does give us new insights into the human condition, and it is from this vicariously gained understanding that we construct meaning from the randomness of our own lives. 
But really it's mostly the "cool" thing I mentioned.
I actually think roughly these thoughts whenever I decide to take a break from journal articles or even non-fiction to read some fantasy.


Lawrence Watkins said...

Yeah, I have to rotate what I read between fiction and non-fiction or I will burn out. I've been reading a lot of sci-fi lately. I recently discovered John Scalzi and he is the best story teller that I've read in a while.

Stories are a cornerstone for professional speakers as well. Just about all that I work with use stories often.

Ben Ho said...

interesting, i'll keep scalzi in mind. contempolating picking up the hunger games next... hope you're doing well.