From the minds of men flow dreams, but it is the hands that shape them into reality. However, those without hands have to make do with their noses. Society would be different indeed if it had been shaped by the noses of great men. Most likely it would have small, greasy smudges all over it, since gripping a handkerchief with one's nose is well-nigh impossible, unless one is an elephant. Elephant society, as proof of this, is rather different from human society.
Because living in fiction beats the alternatives.