If one considers the Homeric Epics and the mythology they helped create fiction, and that fiction was the religion of millions of people for thousands of years, if a child can read a Harry Potter novel and become a better person for it, if an oppressed human being can read a Walter Mosley novel and feel empowered by it, does that make fiction, on a base level, important to society as a whole? or is our fascination with make-believe simply playing with the gravel on the side of the road of life?