Imagine a world without film. Without audio recording equipment or cameras of any kind. In fact, while you’re at it, imagine a world without writing. (Go on, be daring.)
Now think. How important would story be then?
The only memory would be folk memory. Even the things your parents’ generation remembered would be but story to you; there would be no photos of older family members, no recordings or written accounts of world events.
That’s how important story is. It is the only thing that truly binds us to the past or allows us to imagine the future.