Breaking things is fast, and easy.
Repairing is slow, and usually harder.
We study stubborn disruptors, intrepid explorers, formidable conquerers. We reward people who refuse to budge - following a singular, rigid vision. Rulers who enact "righteous" vengeance over deserving foes. These stories are powerful, familiar, and sticky.
But I think we overlook the contributions of people who quietly put things back together: The ones who heal and nurture (patiently), day in and day out. Across small scales and large. In areas that contribute positively toward long-term, collective wellbeing.
Caregivers come in all ages and bodies, bearing many titles. They create more value than they capture, and share generously despite minimal short-term rewards. They enable positive-sum outcomes. But this vital labor often remains unseen, undervalued by the market.
Where are they?
Are you one of them?