If you want a great mass of people to work together, then that necessitates a common goal or belief.
The "movement" to end the institution of slavery in the United States required a shared belief that slavery was wrong.
Such a movement took time, and dedication, and perseverance. Some people spent their entire lives working, and "moving", society to embrace the idea that all men are created equal and are entitled to certain unalienable rights. Another such movement sought to include women in the full rights zone.
That ability to be a cog in the works of a great purpose escapes me.
I grew up as US napalm landed on Vietnamese children and was influenced by the high moral example which Richard Nixon set. As I grew up I saw religious leaders guilty of raping children protected by a "moral institution". As I grew up I saw Reagan shot and John Lennon shot and a Pope shot and children shot at school.
As an adult I now see ignorance championed and violence adored. I see a world where the rule of law is being abandoned for the rule of the jungle. I see global warming melting our glaciers and affecting our growing seasons. I see bees, upon which so much food depends, dwindling.I see diseases resistant to many drugs attacking humanity.
And I do not feel a part of anything that seems capable of changing all that.
Where did early emancipators find faith in each other and confidence in their direction?
Did they act without hope of success from a sense of duty?
Hope was a stowaway in Pandora's box and according to Studs Terkel it dies last.
How is Hope sown?