In modern times, stories are for reading to children to help them learn to read or to put them to bed. Adults read in silence by themselves, if at all. But it wasn’t always that way. In tribal societies, stories were told to all for teaching. Teaching stories were the way to learn about life and spirituality. It may be that returning to that tradition strengthens our connection to the world around us. Let’s take a look at this Zen story to see how.