I came across this nice quote on the puissance of stories and what they do in human life. The Quran (and probably all scriptures before it, known or unknown) employs stories; they carry urgent meanings. Thank God for stories, indeed. It remains a marvel how we humans, creatures of common flesh and mean fluids, can be so suspended, arrested, guided, and moved by stories.
Thank God for stories--for those who have them, for those who tell them, for those who devour them as the soul sustenance that they are. Stories give shape to experience and allow us to go through life unblind. Without them, everything that happens would float around, undifferentiated. None if it would mean anything. Once you have a version of what happened, all the other good stuff about being human comes into play. You can laugh, feel awe, commit a passionate act, get pissed, want to change things. — Tomas Alex Tizon