Discuss the two powers that you found most intriguing in the Scott Russell Sanders essay "The Most Human Art."

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The two most intriguing powers to me are the third, “Stories help us to see through the eyes of other people,” and the fifth, “to educate our desires.”

The magic of stories lies in that third power. We can see other times and places and worlds long past and worlds...

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The two most intriguing powers to me are the third, “Stories help us to see through the eyes of other people,” and the fifth, “to educate our desires.”

The magic of stories lies in that third power. We can see other times and places and worlds long past and worlds and people who never were. We can experience multitudes of existences and adventures, problems and solutions, celebrations and heartaches. Stories let us live things we would never otherwise have the chance to know about.

Even more important, though, is the fifth power that says that stories help us educate our desires. Stories can turn our desires to things more wholesome and good, away from greed and hatred. In stories, we can see the outcomes of negative feelings and actions, and we also get to see the triumph of goodness in a lot of stories; this leads us to long for that same goodness.

So, the third and fifth powers are the most intriguing to me. But beyond that, I would say the most important one is probably the ninth power: “Stories teach us how to be human.”

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