I grew up with superhero stories. Seethed into the world’s culture. Even literature had that narrative, there’s always a hero and a victim, there’s always someone getting saved. And all of them great stories, I had no issue with the distress itself, but with the damsel in it.
We have a primal virtue of empathy that feeds our need to be involved in each other’s emotions, to connect and to share. Most times when someone says, “I know how you feel” it’s met with disdain because we consider our experiences alien for those who haven’t lived them; they are not. Human emotion is a wholesome experience. Our situations may vary but the raw emotional end of it all is the same and it should be a comfort that we’re not so different.