I answered him with this:
Listen to me carefully. The fight is not lost. Not by a long shot. Non-Muslims still greatly outnumber Muslims and more non-Muslims are awakening to the situation all the time. Giving up now would be premature. We have a tough fight, but so did many others fighting for a just cause, like women getting the vote in America or Indians breaking free from British rule. Many times during those long struggles, it seemed hopeless, but it clearly was not.
Your feeling of hopelessness is caused by a mistake in your thinking. It is a mistake you don't know is a mistake. It may even be something you're proud of. But when you recognize what it is and why it is a mistake, your feeling of hopelessness will disappear and your fighting spirit will be restored.
I strongly recommend reading the book, Learned Optimism by Martin Seligman. Take the test included in the book. It will tell you exactly what kind of mistake you are making in your thinking and how to fix it.
I recommend this to all of us. If you find someone who learns about Islam but feels hopeless to do anything about it, urge them to read Seligman's book. It's not about positive thinking at all. It is about natural mistakes that commonly occur in the human brain.
Seligman's research has discovered six specific mistakes someone can make that will cause him or her to give up on a goal that is, in reality, achievable, and shows you how to eliminate that mistake from your thinking.
Read it yourself and learn it well, and you will be able help people restore their determination to stop Islam from fulfilling its prime directive. They won''t even have to read the book.
We cannot afford to lose people from this cause. Use the information to help keep our fellow citizen warriors in the fight.