Progress is not inevitable. That is a hard thing to accept, but it is crucial. We have to be willing to do the work. We have to be willing to invest ourselves in making the world better. We have to be willing to risk for our Beloved Community or it cannot come into being. Like with elections, belief in the idea, the goal, or the candidate is not good enough; we have to participate. Silence always empowers the privileged against the marginalized.
It will take work, but that work is the service and the quest for meaning that Unitarian Universalism calls us to do.