A few months ago I was on a long car trip, squished between two people I did not know well in the back seat. After a few moments of relative silence, I fished a novel out of my bag and began to read.
One of the people next to me noticed this and asked, "Why do people like stories?"
The person on the other side of me said, "Why do people like candy?"
That conversation has come to mind often since that day. I won't (yet) regale you with what I think are the answers to that question of why humankind's love of "stories" is nearly universal. Instead, I hope you will take a moment to ponder this question, and perhaps, if you don't mind, share your thoughts with me.