We’re a species that’s wired to tell stories. We need stories. It’s how we make sense of things. It’s how we learn. When we look at what’s going on in the world and we see the immense level of conflict that seems to always be happening — you can always trace it back to competing narratives. What’s going on in Ukraine right now is that Vladimir Putin has a narrative of himself and his country that he’s so passionate about that he’s willing to make a move like that. This is about a story. His story of himself and him trying to restore his country to the glory he thinks it should have. It’s that elemental.