The Blessing of a Skinned Knee: Using Jewish Teachings to Raise Self-Reliant Children by Wendy Mogel basically says, a little pain goes a long way.
The saving the world philosophy has gone a long way to improve childhood in some parts of the world. And then, like medicine doing for us what we ought not do for ourselves, it gets carried away. Once the world is saved, the philosophy doesn’t know how to turn itself off.
Or it goes around and around saving what is already saved, and ignores the wider scope of humanity.
Where is the happy balance? How much pain is useful? How much is too much? Who is qualified to answer these questions? Is there a societal answer? What if we just leave it up to each individual? That wouldn’t be saving the world, would it?
What kinds of pain are there? Physical, Emotional, Relational, Spiritual. Can you think of others? Which one troubles you most? What soothes your pain best? How do you tell how much it is bothering you? Do you feel you or others have failed to save the world because you are in pain?
Are you ok with a partial saving of the world? What would that look like? Save your part, but not others? Save another’s and give up part of yours? Does saving the world involve sacrifice?