Why We Tell Stories by D.V.

Stories are an essential part of our cultures, societies, and interactions as a species. They provide people a means of conveying information that is immediately graspable and in a format that can be easily translated to different people, so that they may apply the conveyed experience to their own life. There is no example in human cultures throughout our intelligent societies that stories did not play an important role in its development. As a result, it may be thought of that stories are a large reason why Humans have developed such intricate ways of communicating. The Internet is the best example of a way to tell stories to people around the world. We tell stories of important events, not important events, and everything else in between whether it have a purpose or not. Any conversation may be represented as a story in some way. Multi-Billion dollar industries are founded and operate off of telling stories. Video games and movies are stories in different formats. Stories are a driving factor behind our culture as Americans, and our global society as Humans.

Stories spanning many languages, dialects, and cultures often may convey the same information, simply translated to be relevant to its parent region or people. Proverbs translated from ancient and modern Chinese philosophers are similar to those of the Greeks and Middle Eastern, and they still show up today often mutilated on inspirational Facebook and other social media bits. Abrahamic Religion, and every branch and cult that spread from it has been founded on stories, their interpretations, rewriting them, and their distribution to other cultures. Many non-Abrahamic religions have similar stories to convey how to be a productive member in the parent society. There core is the same, it is just what the story is wrapped in that changes its interpretation.

The interpretation of stories is equally as important as how they are told, and the message intended to be conveyed by the writing. Often times the accidental or intentional misrepresentation of the story is insignificant, as we see in white lies, and people boasting to each other about their successes. Sometimes however, it is significant. The mass content and traffic aggregates that base themselves on social media profiles operate with zero journalistic accountability while posing themselves as such: Journalists and News Media Outlets. As a result, these groups or individuals may take real and unbiased events and spin them to their own personal, political, religious, or elitist agenda. Sometimes these stories are completely made up, with zero regard for fact or truthfulness. The content aggregates will steal, upload, or repost work that is not their own, and people connected to them will take it and promote it without a blink of an eye. Maybe this has a significant impact on the average intelligence of a compulsive Facebook user, maybe not, regardless it is an example of the importance and intentional misrepresentation of stories.

Stories are arguably the most dynamic and adaptive culture point that Humans have created. Perhaps why we tell stories is an evolutionary trait. What if our ancestors had a significantly higher chance of death because they did not feel the need to tell their group members about their experiences. By communicating with stories, they may have been able to formulate strategy and practices that would help them survive. When Humans developed this trait, and since it is engrained in our DNA, it is natural that we tell stories. If we did not, then perhaps the world would be a much different place. Social interaction of social creatures through the medium of stories is natural, important, and has great impacts on the direction of Human development.


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