I believe in the beginning, stories were told to teach lessons. In many African spiritualities, some very important concepts are taught through the stories. Lots of folk stories also have a moral. I never really used to try to engage on that level with the story, but at the same time it was working its magic on me!
Thank you for writing this article! I truly appreciate learning more about why I read (and actually liked) my Summer reading assignments, and about how they have shaped me into who I am today. I also have a new topic to look up, “Theory of Mind.” It sounds interesting!