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i have been reading a book by Nevada Barr called High Country.  It is an Anna Pigeon mystery, the third one I have read.  However, she has a delightful paragraph on page 246 where she describes the merits of storytelling.  It goes like this:

The tragedy was being turned into a story.  Before much time passed the story would be worked and reworked by subsequent tellings until it became legend.  Storytelling was the way humans assimilated tragedy, made of it a thing that, instead of defeating, became strengthening: a cautionary tale, a teaching story, a rallying cry for the troops, a builder of pride and a sense of brotherhood.

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