The Kite Runner

What is the significance if this statement concerning Baba, Amir, and Hassan's own preoccupation?

In Chapter Eleven, General Taheri states: "People need stories to divert them at difficult times like this".

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Life is simply hard for all these characters. Rape, betrayal, regret and violence surround these people. Stories or myth is a way to find respite from and even meaning from the pain.