I Believe In Stories
I believe in stories.
Sometimes I am asked
if telling a story is really any different
to sharing a book with a child.
As a child I heard many stories.
I believe in stories in a live-and-die kind of way,
to keep the living alive, and the dead.
Stories that live and breathe.
Stories that are fruitful and multiply. That create stories
I trust in stories. Storytelling is hardwired into our brains:
it dictates how we think,
how we understand the world,
and how we make people free.
that Rapunzel let down her beautiful hair.
I believe in stories, because they reach
to something realer than real.
I still don’t know whether I believe
in saints, angels, or a God, but I believe in stories.
The world has enough dogma.
I believe that you can’t hate humankind
no matter how vile it’s become –
and, you know, I believe in stories. Many of us
would be a fool without them.