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Living in Bubbles

I have many memories of playing with bubbles growing up. I remember my mom had a bubble wand she used to make huge bubbles. I would blow bubbles and chase after them to see if I could pop them all before they blew away. Even now when I am washing the dishes if a stray bubble floats away, I’ll watch as it floats through the air.

We all live in bubbles, and just like actual bubbles, the bubbles we live in can look vastly different or incredibly similar.

Bubbles can be good for us, they help give us a sense of security and belonging, and they can strengthen our beliefs about who we are and what the world is like. And just like real bubbles, they are very appealing to us. We want to be in our bubbles.

Bubbles can also be bad for us. Imagine if you could somehow blow a bubble with a person inside of it. That person would probably be excited at first. However, after a while they’d be breathing in the same air and eventually they would run out of oxygen.

The air inside a bubble is isolated from the air outside. Sadly, this is how many of us choose to live our lives. We’re in our bubbles with our safe ideas, safe people, safe places, but we never wonder what it’s like inside the other bubbles of the world.

Comments (2)
  1. Danica September 4, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Short, but plenty to think on. Well written post Miles. Reminds me of something my dad talked about at church, that we Christians have made it where we can easily avoid the rest of the world if we want to. We’ve made Christian schools, Christian media, Christian dating sites, Christian businesses, ect. – it may have been done with good intentions – but we’ve mostly left the rest of the world, yet wonder why it’s drifted away from our expectations. Jesus was often among those who were not like Him, He went into /their/ bubbles, yet we prefer to stay in the safety of ours.

    • admin September 19, 2016 at 7:44 pm

      Thanks for commenting Danica! I really like what your dad said. I found that to be very true while attending a Christian University (a school I would still recommend to anyone). I find that I’ve missed a lot of perspectives because of the bubble I’m in. I deliberately wrote this article to be very generally applicable because I see the bubble problem as an issue that other groups can have as well. I really like when you said, “Jesus was often among those who were not like Him, He went into /their/ bubbles, yet we prefer to stay in the safety of ours.”

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