as for why I tell a lot of stories, there's a joke about that. There was once a man who had a computer, and he asked it, "Do you compute that you will ever be able to think like a human being?" And after assorted grindings and beepings, a slip of paper came out of the computer that said, "That reminds me of a story . . . "
ANGELS FEAR: TOWARDS AN EPISTEMOLOGY OF THE SACRED. Gregory Bateson & Mary Catherine Bateson. (Part III "Metalogue"). http://www.oikos.org/angelsfear.htm