I think people are so willing to let stories shape their lives is because most of us relate or identify with them. As we get older we start to look for some sort of guidance to help us along the way. From the little I know, God is an example. I’m not really sure how it works, but I do know that the Bible says some sort of story. A lot of people look up to it and follow it. With stories, historical events, etc., we read them and we take something from it. Learn from it in some way and apply it to our own lives.