Today when researching John Hodgman’s upcoming appearance in Chicago, I came across this quote from him. I think they’re the best words I’ve seen from him.
“Stories hold power because they convey the illusion that life has purpose and direction. Where God is absent from the lives of all but the most blessed, the writer, of all people, replaces that ordering principle. Stories make sense when so much around us is senseless, and perhaps what makes them most comforting is that, while life goes on and pain goes on, stories do us the favor of ending.”