Our understanding of the purpose of the stories is this; to step together down paths unexpected and strange, to see the world from a perspective other than our own, and make that other a part of ourselves in some way large or small. To experience the wonder, craziness, terror, and the beauty of existence in some new way. To laugh, to cry, to sweat. And through these stories, together maybe we can come to see things a little differently than we did before.
And to together have a fine time in doing so.