In order to extract the core of what millennials are thinking, it is most important to listen closely to what they are saying. When it comes to politics, it is a mistake to believe millennials don't care about things political.
Millennials just seem to care "differently" than their GenXer parents or Boomer Grandparents.
As a freelance writer, my encounters with the 20 somethings has been, to say the least, refreshing. It has also caused me to listen with both ears and to process what I hear without bias or influence of my own Boomer generation.
Unlike their laid back GenXer parents or their hyper "Forever Young" Boomer Grandparents, millennials are at the front lines of a kind of change domestically and globally unseen in history before, other than perhaps the upheaval of the era of the Protestant Reformation that cut across lines of society, governance and politics.
In their words, "YOLO" holds the clue to how they think. Part of YOLO shows some millennials fear what is happening to the world they live in, while others are courageous warriors protecting a future they cannot, as yet, shape or envision.
These are not the "free love" Boomers or the stage diving, moshing GenXers. They are neither liberal nor conservative.
If you learn nothing from them, you learn that the future is in the hands of a vibrant, powerful group of young adults who recognize the destruction of division. They know they will not always agree all of the time, nor do they want such an environment that would breed regimentation.
Instead, they are opting for a "New World" that blurs the lines of ideology and intellectually relies on their advanced educations and unique generational ability to understand the benefits of balance.
Their pink hair, black nail polish and creative fashion styles are another clue to how they will shape the world we live in...colorfully, whimsically and innovatively.
Sadly, there may be only one downside, not of their making, as they begin to create their own family units: the effect of current trends of rejecting a lawful society imperative for keeping order. Will our amazing millennials inculcate in their children the values they now believe is best for the future?