Paul Stoller, writing for the HuffPost:
I think that my central obligation is to recount stories, gleaned from years of ethnographic research, that underscore the human capacity for social resilience and social connection. These stories demonstrate that even in the direst of situations, we are not as alone as we might think. They remind us that many, if not most of our fears, frustrations, and sufferings can be overcome.
This is great. Yes, stories make us wiser and better able to confront the ups and downs of life.