We sometimes forget
what a powerful gift that is.

I am sure that, at the dawn

of civilization, when hunters went out to kill a mammoth on which their clan would have to live for the next six months, some man, not necessarily one of the shrewdest when it came to tracking the beast or the bravest when the animal was cornered, returned at night to sit by the campfire and relate

the incidents of that day.


He told of the bird that guided his hunt; he told of the heroic resolution of the prey, noble and defensive with skills not encountered before;

he identified the men who led the assault and the one on whom all depended when it seemed the mammoth would escape;

and this fireside narrator lent that day a glory that it could never otherwise have gained.”  


James Michener,

The World is my Home


To tell a story   

People listen to stories and remember them!

Stories have a stickiness which keeps them in people’s hearts long after they first heard them.

Story Quote

People did not wait

until there was writing before they told stories
and sang songs.  

— Albert Bates Lord







Why tell stories?


And what Michener omits to mention is that, as humans, we’re also story listeners.

The reason our ancestors survived is because they listened to the story - how to catch the hunt (and so having enough to last the winter) and learned what not to do (don’t go that way because the sabre-tooth tiger lives there.)

Without (hi)story to guide us, we repeat the errors of the past, and have no vision of the future.

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