Activists are not messiahs who will liberate the people. They are prophets who arouse the progressive spirit inside people, that they may liberate themselves.
True democracy and true freedom is not won for the people. It is won by the people.
Activists and leaders of progressive movements must not deem themselves separate from and above the people they claim to be serving, lest they should become as self-gratifying and power-hungry as the very forces they are trying to overthrow.