Movement stories are essential, perhaps even inescapable. A movement is defined in part by what stories unite it, and what traditions it draws upon. Telling stories links individuals to larger movements, and these movements to the past.
But there are drawbacks, too. As a story attains the status of legend, it becomes more dramatic and perhaps more inspiring, but it loses some of the messy detail that people identify with. History, on the other hand, is often more prosaic, even boring, but at least allows us to place ourselves more squarely within it.
Via Gregg Morris