To see things from a different perspective is one of the most difficult things we have to do.
- Jeannette Armstrong

The Why:

The purpose of story is to explore all of humanity, to wrestle with the greatest of essential questions, "What is it all about?", and to provide hope for us all.

As Steinbeck would say, "In the endless war against weakness and despair, {stories} are the bright rally-flags of hope and of emulation.

The subsequent links are an ongoing study on why the elements of stories are important and how they can teach us about Life, identity, and the powerful play of which we are so fortunate enough to contribute a small verse.  

(You can also click here to watch John Green's sporadic yet insiteful thoughts on the matter.)