We live in a world full of misunderstanding. Most of what we consume online and on social media is garbage--entertaining, but not enriching. Unfortunately, because of the exponential increase in content production, it's more difficult than ever to decipher the difference between trash and truth. That's where I come in.

I speak the truth. Not because I am an all-knowing being, but because I too share one small slice of the Reality in which we are embedded. My 1 in 7 billion perspective is unique, just like everyone else's--the only difference being that I'm honest. I call it like I see it and am open to being wrong.

For example, I admit that several of my previous articles on Millennials were overly optimistic. As someone who's written about Millennials in a favorable light on many occasions, I now have the desire to throw some shade at my generation. It is my hope that pointing out truths, inconsistencies, and areas of growth will help all of us live more congruent and enriching lives.

Read the list below to discover 13 truths that Millennials don't want to admit.

1. Avocado toast is enjoyable, but short term pleasures never bring lasting happiness.

Happiness isn't a commodity that can be purchased, it's a state of being--a byproduct of full engagement with the present moment. When you seek it from without, it reinforces the lack of its presence within.

2. Using conservatives as scapegoats to highlight bigoted behaviors blinds you to your biases and reinforces the very arrogance that leads to discrimination.

Pointing the finger at others is always easier than acknowledging our own shortcomings. We all prejudice--that's part of socialization--but failing to acknowledge it by highlighting its expression in others is a recipe to repeat oppressive cycles.

3. If your liberal and progressive social media posts aren't backed up with activism, you care more about appearing trendy than creating social change.

It's great that you feel temporarily inspired to reduce oppression, but fashion trends change with each season. Pretending to care one minute and disappearing the next does a disservice to disadvantaged communities that need and deserved to be heard and respected.

4. Your decision to live with your parents isn't due to a poor economy, it's rooted in your fear of failure and inadequacy.

Yes, the market is against you. But you always have a choice in deciding how you are going to live. Stop embracing a victim mentality and start owning the options you possess.

5. Shackling yourself to outrageous loan debt doesn't give you an excuse to avoid being responsible for your decisions.

Part of being an adult is acknowledging when you've made a poor choice, and then taking action to improve the situation. Stop pretending debt doesn't exist and then getting angry when you're denied credit.

6. Saying that you value authenticity without embracing vulnerability by engaging in self-growth practices is disingenuous.

Patterns repeat. It's what they do. Saying one thing and doing another is one of the most popular patterns in existence, and unfortunately, it helps no one and hurts everyone.

7. You're absolutely addicted to your phones, computers, and tablets--so you need to schedule time to unplug.

It's not healthy and pretending otherwise does nothing beneficial. Force yourself to spend time in silence devoid of screens, or immerse yourself in nature--your brain will thank you.

8. If you binge watch television shows and then complain about low wages, you're avoiding accountability.

You can't have the best of both worlds. Temporary pleasures have a cost, and you pay a high price for habits that consume time instead of creating opportunity.

9. Buying expensive groceries and doing yoga doesn't make you more enlightened, it makes you a robotic consumer of clever marketing (just like everyone else).

There's nothing inherently spiritual about organic chocolate or sporting a $100 yoga mat. If you think you can purchase spirituality, you don't know what it is.

10. Your passion for entrepreneurship is changing the economy, and that means you will have to keep up in the future--even when the market is no longer intuitive.

It's easy to love the game when you're in the prime of your career. It's much more difficult to stomach once you've lost the agility of youth and the rules change.

11. Avoiding patronizing younger generations when you grow old cannot occur if you currently blame older generations for their negative impact.

This is the way the world works. When you shift blame, it stays in perpetual motion. Most people would rather blame others than accept the finitude of their existence.

12. If you allow your resentment of authority to prevent you from participating in democracy, and then you complain about the outcome, your behavior is hypocritical.

Please vote. Don't do it for yourself--vote for the people that are denied representation and told that their voices don't matter. Silence and inaction is siding with oppression.

13. Practicing what you preach and embodying your values is the best way for you to make a lasting positive difference in the world.

If one thing is abundantly clear, it's that we live in a world full of hypocrisy and suffering. The garbage being consumed doesn't lead people closer to truths, it blinds them to the incongruence between their values and their actions.

Instead of being a sheep, start being a shepherd. Be humble, open to feedback, and focused on leading by example. Doing so will help you discover the truth and live a more honest and fulfilling life.

Published on: Aug 8, 2017