“You only lose what you cling to.”
The above phrase is often attributed to the Buddha, though, some scholars say there is no record of him ever saying that. But whether the Buddha actually uttered that phrase or not, in Buddhist epistemologies, it is well understood that most of our troubles stem from our attachment to things that we mistakenly see as permanent.
Humanity has a rich history of storytelling. We like stories so much because we can identify with them, and use them to learn and transmit lessons. Whether real or not, they pull and tug at our emotions because we connect with them personally.