Storytelling reveals meaning without committing the error of defining it
Hannah Arendt, Historian and Social Philosopher

Storytelling grew out of the basic human desire to communicate experience to others. It satisfied the need to explain the physical and spiritual world and to record the lives of our ancestors.

All cultures have a tradition of storytelling, and historical records of it are found in many languages. References are made to storytelling in the Westcar Papyrus of the Egyptians and the ancient Summerian story of Gilgamesh is often cited as the oldest surviving epic.

While storytelling is the oldest form of artistic expression, it has continuously evolved to engage its contemporary audiences, tapping into the rich vein of shared mythic reality that flows through us all.

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