Today it's my turn to tackle this week's Sisterhood of the Traveling Blog on stories.
The question comes from Danyelle Leafty. She asks, "There have been stories in every culture and time period. Why?"
I could get all anthropological on you. You know, how we're all social creatures and stories are a means of communication...but Laura did a better job than I could on her post last week!
But it something occurred to me as I pondered this subject.
I think stories are about experiencing a kind of immortality.
I'm not going to get all Twilight on ya, I promise. But look. When it comes down to it, we've got one life to live in a body with a fixed expiration date.
Stories enable us to experience life outside ourselves, to transcend what we are and where we are. We can know what it feels like to be a yak herder in Mongolia, a witch, an alien, a girl in a red hood bringing some food to her Grammie.
From the dawn of time, people can't help but be curious about other lives and circumstances. In a way, it's about experiencing more than the single life to which you were born.
Living a thousand or more lives. It's a kind of immortality--of sorts.
How about you? Why do you think stories are part of our past, present, and future?
And if you missed it, please check out Laura Diamond's post last week. Stay tuned for Danyelle's next week!