In response to ISIS Issues Rules for a New Islamic Caliphate:
Meanwhile, on a different planet, the president told Tumblr users, Wednesday, that the world has never been less violent or more tolerant than it is right now.
You guys are fed a lot of cynicism every single day about how nothing works and big institutions stink and government is broken. And so you channel a lot of your passion and energy into various private endeavors.
But this country has always been built both through an individual initiative, but also a sense of some common purpose. And if there’s one message I want to deliver to young people like a Tumblr audience is, don’t get cynical. Guard against cynicism. I mean, the truth of the matter is that for all the challenges we face, all the problems that we have, if you had to be — if you had to choose any moment to be born in human history, not knowing what your position was going to be, who you were going to be, you’d choose this time. The world is less violent than it has ever been. It is healthier than it has ever been. It is more tolerant than it has ever been. It is better fed then it’s ever been. It is more educated than it’s ever been.
Not to be cynical or anything – but do you think maybe the people of Iraq, Christians throughout the Middle East, soccer fans in Brazil, people who live on the Russian/Ukrainian border, school girls in Nigeria, Pakistan, or Afghanistan, and that Marine currently in a Mexican jail for taking a wrong turn – might have a tiny quibble with that statement?