Why is it so important to tell stories?

Janusz Korczak ran an orphanage in 1930’s Poland. When he refused sanctuary from the concentration camps so that he could stay with his children, he took their hands and told them a story. He told them about the countryside, the green fields and mushrooms, he told them to wear their very best clothes, for that was where they were going. And, despite the story raging around them; the SS Guard in his crisp black uniform, the people staring at them as they left their home hand in hand, they followed Janusz smiling, in high spirits, imagining the taste of berries and of the warmth of the sun on their skin.