The people we call first responders are those people who run towards the trouble.
In the theoretical world, we would just call those responders ￼￼￼. Those Who respond to the trouble are those who move towards the trouble and then, as Donna Haraway called her most recent book, stays with the trouble.
There is a somewhat recent approach in the humanities by which one could be said to stay with the trouble. Learning takes place when you are put in a place of discomfort. You know that you are really learning something when you are uncomfortable.
So it is that I submit that those of us who naturally turn towards the trouble are those who are truly trying to learn.
Because most people just want to live a comfortable happy life.
I’m not really sure where that gets us though￼￼￼￼￼￼, that is, if most people are simply turning away and trying to be comfortable. ￼