Stories are doors.
Can’t visit that place? Read a story. Can’t do that thing? Read a story. Can’t meet that person? Read a story.
The stories we hear shape how we see the world.
Have you ever been having a conversation with someone and suddenly realized that one of you had no idea what the other is talking about? We communicate by using common codes — words and sentences serve this purpose on a fundamental level, but shared references and stories that we all know also accomplish similar things.
The stories we tell reveal what we believe.
Realizing that someone has no idea who Robin Hood is, and that he steals from the rich and gives to the poor, is eye-opening. So is having a hundred people stare at you when they realize you don’t know that about the Butterfly Lovers’ forever-unfulfilled love.
And the stories we invent bring the future a little closer.
A wise man once said, “Without vision, the people perish.” Of course, everything starts as fiction; just because I can imagine it doesn’t mean it’ll happen. However, if you can’t – or won’t – imagine it, it definitely won’t happen.