The more you learn, the more furious you become. The more you are ignored, the more your disappointment and cynicism grows. The more you are ridiculed, the easier it may be to doubt yourself. The greater the fight, the more terrifying the outcome.
Do you have what it takes to win?
In the poem Fuel to the Flame, Joolz is talking about her own personal crusades. The local one, about the judgmental and hypocritical community of a specific church; the bigger one, about domestic violence, child abuse and gender inequality; and the global one, about genocide, murder and pollution.
But the emotional issues that she high-lights are universal. There is the propensity to become overwhelmed, whether you are fighting a problem in your living room or one that affects all humanity in every corner of the globe.
Once you let yourself be swamped by your own emotion, then you can't be effective. I've experienced this many times. I'll write ten, twenty, thirty Urgent Actions e-mails on behalf of Amnesty International. Then, on the next one along, I'll cry for every case I've encountered thus far.
Become too emotional and you will be dismissed as hysterical. Lead the way with calm rationale, evidence and coherent arguments, and you can get somewhere.
Or, as Joolz put it: 'And it takes control to be angry, you must be precise, get hold of the twisting screaming thing each day and leash it tight, because otherwise you burn up inside and nothing gets done, you die.'
It won't be a physical death. You don't stop breathing. You merely stop fighting your cause.