In what sounded like the clarion call of a false messiah, Secretary of State John Kerry abandoned reality and broadcasted a message of naive idealism without substance at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

“We are not living in a new normal and we don’t have to,” Kerry explained to a bemused audience at the Swiss ski resort (far away from the minefields of Damascus). “We are not the prisoners of a predetermined future,” he said. “Change is occurring in our world for the better and it is occurring faster, moving faster than ever before.”

High altitudes apparently make the secretary sound eerily similar to a Himalayan monk insulated from the drudgery of human civilization down below.

Hope is one thing, but full-blown delusion is another. Nowhere was Kerry’s utter disconnect from reality evident than his circus-inspired attempts to tame the Russian bear.

He even spoke in optimistic terms of the U.S.’s relationship with President Vladimir Putin, talking up the possibility that Russia may implement the Minsk peace accord in Ukraine, leading to the lifting of sanctions,” reports Bloomberg.

No, Mr. Secretary, the United States of America is in a state of brinksmanship with Russia. For the first time since the Cold War, Russia has extended its imperial aspirations beyond Europe, exerting its geopolitical influence over the Middle East. Syria is Vladimir Putin’s sandbox; the Russian autocrat has been playing with his toy fighter jets for the last few months, leaving the corpses of hundreds to Syrian civilians on the streets of Damascus for vultures to fester on.

For one year, Kerry’s boss in the White House, President Barack Obama, has stood by and watched the gang-rape of Yazidi school-girls, the torture of gay Iraqis, the beheading of Western journalists, the impaling of Kurdish revolutionaries, and the massacre of Parisian concert attendees, offering nothing more than platitudes and self-evident truisms about “Bush’s War.”

We in the West often think of evil as some abstract, ephemeral phantom, rarely rearing its head in the annals of history. We’ve been using baseless explanations and religious apologetics to silence our tormented consciences. But none of it helps. The Islamic State, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh (or whatever acronym suits John Kerry’s fancy) is not disappearing into the dusts of myth or the tidings of nightmares.

High altitudes apparently make the secretary sound eerily similar to a Himalayan monk insulated from the drudgery of human civilization down below.

Far away from our hashtag campaign, arm activism, and mundane daily routine, ISIS plows on, day-by-day, hour-by-hour: raping another Iraqi woman, torturing another Kurd with an unsharpened machete, filming the execution of another journalist, slitting the throat of another Assyrian Christian, forcefully impregnating another Yazidi school-girl. Under the flag of strict, Salafist Islam, the Islamic State uproots the storied soil of Iraq.

If only their depravity could be explained away by material concerns, employment issues, geopolitics, or post-colonial grievances.

“The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails,” stated William Arthur Ward. Sadly, Secretary of State John Kerry doesn't even recognize which direction the wind is blowing from and that it's threatening to take the entire ship with it.