Just heard it on NPR: A young man from New Jersey, a bartender who is a newcomer to New Orleans, is choosing to stay and be courageous (as he sees courage) against the hurricane that's approaching Louisiana shores. He thinks he's being brave. Says he doesn't want to be like most Americans who run from anything that comes along.
There are some "victims" who can be blamed. And if this guy turns out to be sorry, it IS his fault!
Well, there's a time to run. And a time to stay. When it comes to advocacy work, if you are doing something that you feel will take a big negative chunk out of your life, run as fast as you can. If you feel it will add meaning to your life, even if you do not succeed in the goals you envision right now, then go for it.
Just don't stay in the midst of a hurricane--ever!! I've been in one of the worst, running right into the path, while following all the recommendations of meteorologists back then. It's not a pretty picture.