“Read fiction and watch it. It will make you more emphatic and better able to navigate life’s dilemmas.
Don’t let moralists tell you that fiction degrades society’s moral fiber. On the contrary, even the pulpiest fare usually pulls us together around common values.
Remember that we are, by nature, suckers for story. When emotionally absorbed in character and plot, we are easy to mold and manipulate.
Revel in the power of stories to change the world (think Uncle Tom’s Cabin), but guard against it, too (think The Birth of a Nation).”
~ Jonathon Gottschal, The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human