What is the power of a story?

Finding balance entails much equating of efficiencies and min/max usage.Spending energy on something without tangible use is wasteful and unproductive. Our free time now produces "mental health" or must be justified.

But what about art and stories? A blockbuster movie seems a frivolous waste of resources, as does the amateur artist’s passionate pursuits.

Yet the creation is a story that sustains us, motivates us, circumvents quantification, and disassembles our rational pretenses.