“Guard against cynicism. The truth of the matter is, for all of the problems we face, if you had to choose any moment to be born in human history, not knowing who you were going to be, you’d choose this time. The world is more tolerant than it’s ever been, more educated than its ever been. The only thing that stops that is people thinking they can’t make any change.”
President Barack Obama in a June 10, 2014 conversation with Joe Hanson and other science advocates.
For a potent antidote to cynicism, see George Saunders on kindness.