Why storytelling is so important.
by, 02-22-2010 at 04:33 AM (773 Views)
Sometimes, with all of the advances we have made in science, medicine, technology, and elsewhere, what a struggle it really is to survive in this world. We require food, shelter, security, and so much more.
The human brain is hardwired to survive. In order to survive, we need to be able to adapt, and respond to our environment. To do that, we rely heavily on our personal experience to guide us. We must feel the warmth of a fire, to understand that it is not adviseable to stick our hand in it.
We also draw upon the experience of those around us. Parents, Family Members, Friends. Any time you go seeking advice of those you know, you are tapping into the collective experience.
When we experience a story, whether it be the spoken word, written, moving pictures, comic books, we get to understand how different people in unique situations respond and react, and we get to see the results. We then can apply that knowlege to our lives.
We may never be on a death star in another galaxy. However we all can learn that if you give in to your dark urges and temptations, evil will result.
We may never be a young lion king who runs away after killing our father. However, we can all learn that if you run away from your responsibilities, and failing to do what needs to be done, will cause your life and the life of others around you to fall apart.
We watch characters struggle through a situation, and learn life lessons that need to be learned. We see the effect of learning, and failing to learn those lessons, and we can apply those lessons to our own lives, enhancing our ability to survive.
Storytelling taps into a fundamental essence of our instincts.