A wonderful thing happens when you give up on hope, which is that you realize you never needed it in the first place. You realize that giving up on hope doesn’t kill you, nor did it make you less effective. In fact, it made you more effective, because you ceased relying on someone or something else to solve your problems – you ceased hoping your problems somehow get solved, through the magical assistance of God, the Great Mother, the NGOs, the valiant tree-sitters, the good politicians, the government – and you just began doing what is necessary to solve your problems yourself.
-Derrick Jensen, in Endgame, Volume 1. (The Problem of Civilization, p.332)