Everything Is Fiction
I have a much greater appreciation for “fiction” after the first 2 chapters of Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind. Typically, I avoid fiction like the plague because I find (most of) it unenjoyable, difficult to get into, and un-educational.
But I was being too narrowminded. Fiction is much more than the stories we tell; it is the society we have built.
To briefly paraphrase a section of Sapiens, fiction is what allowed our society to scale. It is how civilization beyond a few hundred people is possible. Everything we construct as humans (businesses, religion, governments, money) to guide our society is fictional. They guide because we allow them to. These common beliefs (fiction) bind us together in a way that enables trust, which begets progress.