Roger Rosenblatt I am Writing Blindly “Communication is the soul and engine of democracy” Soul Often refers to our need for the imaginative nourishment that art, music, drama, and literature provide. May also allude to a moral code; stories such as those taught in children’s literature are often used to teach lessons about values and morals. Engine May refer to the rational aspects of communication; to the brain and its need for stories (communication) in order to grow to its fullest potential of intelligence. Democracy Allows the opportunity for an infinte number of stories to be told and heard. “It is human nature to tell stories.” or “We tell stories because we have to.” Some deep need within us compels us to tell our stories. Ex. Those whose last act was to put pen to paper; “The impulse was in them, like biological fact.” Rosenblatt cites Joseph Bruner’s theory: we are born with our stories in us, and we learn to use language so that we can share them.