"Pessimism is not the main culprit behind demoralisation. It can only be assumed that those making such proclamations have never experienced the guilt that so many activists silently harbour, about not believing the claims that success is around the next corner – something that they may themselves fervently insist to others – at feeling exhausted and unmoved by the repeated expressions of dire urgency, week after week, at being burnt out by relentless tasks and the moralism that comes with them.
"It can only be assumed that such people
have never drifted away, or been tempted to, because their heart –
heart-broken as it was, still is, at the world – wasn’t in it, no longer
convinced of the efficacy of all that unthinking activism." - Rosie Warren, "Some Last Words on Pessimism"