I think that by studying plotting I'm starting to understand the basic principles of storytelling and learning, and why we're compelled to share stories. It's survival. A way to see familiar things combined in unfamiliar ways. The ingredients are all the same, but the more surprising and new the combinations, the more enthralled we are by trying to grasp them, and when grasped, we die to share them. Spread the survival.
Wow. This is powerful stuff.