- H.P. Lovecraft
He knew what he was talking about. That one phrase is why people are so afraid of deep open waters or even the dark. Something- whatever it may be, or may not be- is out there to kill you. Rape you. Or anything it feels like doing, because monsters don't abide to human laws.
A man shot and killed the supposed werewolf with a silver bullet. Well, if it works on one werewolf it should work on others. So while people still feared these beasts; because they knew a vital weakness, an edge- albeit a small one- was knocked off of the horror scale.
Storytelling doesn't just work for werewolves. Remember campfire tales? When by firelight and in-the-middle-of-nowhere atmosphere things really did go bump in the night. There is something those adults told us that flew by our minds like water in an ocean.
You can avoid those snarling, scaly, or hairy beasts. Each and every one of them involved a moral. A traditional code. Know this code and sleep with it and breathe with it. This was the key to survival. Everyone only remembers the important things and whether or not they act on it is entirely up to them.
Discovering what not to do wrong was imperative. So say there is a bear. No, not Smokey. Although this bear does wear a nifty ranger's hat; he is brandishing a rifle. He'll be your best friend if you don't harm his forest. That's all this furry guy asks. If not, bullets and mauling galore- I don't care because it's not my problem.
So despite what the mathematician may say about reading or stories- they do it themselves and each are equally important. Stories are the reasons we know so much about anything. Whether light-spirited, horrific, or just down right funny; stories are what make us so human.
There is a drive in all of us to speak. Yes, I have a speech impediment. Do I stop speaking for that? No. I speak and tell stories because no one else wants to. I speak to tell give others knowledge. I speak to brighten another's day. I speak because I have a voice. You have a voice. Anyone- even the deaf and the mute (just look at Ray Charles or even Hellen Keller for that matter).
Voices are spoken, written, drawn-painted-sculpted-carved, and even sang. Voices have the power to change the world.
Tell a story, any story. Soon enough you can create your own myth. Your own legend. Your own voice.
Start speaking. Someone will listen.