Humans have always been reading or telling stories ever since we can remember. People have been writing stories to entertain everyone who listens/reads to get money, attention, affection, vanity, money, etc. Or if they are humble, they’d write books only to entertain, I dunno. Stories are important because we can keep track of history and create more stories out of them. Which means: more money, more money, more vanity, more fame, more mansions you don’t use or need, new expensive cars that kill the environment. I’m kidding. We use stories to shape our lives because they inspire us to be authors and create more stories, and more kids will be authors create more stories.