Reading how to interpret stories talks about explaining the meaning or bring out the meaning. By this you are really helping someone to bring out the meaning through someone else’s meaning. Sometimes this have be done because people need to see the truth even though they already know. You are just telling the story in a way they realize it is them. That was the same way the prophet did King David about his sin with Bathsheba.
In reading Howard Thurman, one thing that jumped out at me about this chapter is unsympathetic understanding. This is one of the ways that the strong govern the weak. It puts me in mind of a fraction of social workers. A person may come into their office with a need. The worker clearly understands the need. The worker