It’s important to note, though, that these stories, while useful, are not true. They are simplified models that we create to understand the world. Just because we have decided to establish a cause and an effect between a series of events doesn’t mean that these relationships concretely exist in the real world. In fact, most of them don’t — at least not in the way that we think.
If we didn’t have this, our lives wouldn’t make sense. Our memories would be meaningless. There would be no order. We would, if we weren’t prepared for it, land ourselves in a mental purgatory, a world where sense and nonsense are indistinguishable enough to smother our existence with fear.
It’s quite a statement, both simple and profound at the same time. We live in an uncertain world, a messy world, and we create stable, easy narratives to help us make sense of it. They provide a grounding in a reality that doesn’t come with a universal foundation for us to stand on.