I think it could safely be said, that throughout history, stories have been one way to pass along some of the fun and yet important components of our lives from one generation to another. The retelling of the mythological hero, is one story form that sets out to do just that. Just about every culture over time, has retold this ancient story. In the book by Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces, (page 25) Campbell delivers perhaps my favorite paragraph. As the world is now trying to make sense of what is happening to us all and struggling with some of the fundamental questions of our very existence, Campbell attempted to help us with this "road map." It has helped me over the years in my writing. Perhaps it will help you as well.
"Furthermore, we have not even to risk the adventure alone; for the heroes of all time have gone before us; the labyrinth is thoroughly known; we have only to follow the thread of the hero-path. And where we had thought to find an abomination, we shall find a god; where we had thought to slay another, we shall slay ourselves; where we had thought to travel outward, we shall come to the center of our own existence; where we had thought to be alone, we shall be with all the world."