Why do we “need” stories?

In our reading for today, Banaszyknski describes stories as being “prayers, parables, history, music, and even our soul.” I really liked how she took that extra step in explaining “stories” rather than just the giving us the basic answer or baseline of all of those listed, which is communication.

As humans we all just have this “need,” another need, and that is to understand. Understanding one another and understanding ideas and theories in general, I believe makes people feel closer. Communicating stories allows us to do that, and therefore the “need” for stories is present.