Bubbles are pernicious things to be trapped inside of.
If solid in color, then obviously, the world outside becomes invisible.
But bubbles of clear plastic or soap can be quite transparent.
Viewed from inside, the inwardly curving or sloping soap-filmed surface area registers the same effect as a fun house mirror. Outside objects are larger, or smaller, or hazier, or trippier then in real life. The dull can look really interesting and the interesting dull.
The same distortion will tease out your reflection on the interior surface: You’ll appear either uglier or prettier, taller or shorter than you really are. Soul-cleansing, honest, “looking oneself in the mirror moments” are impossible once illusion has become your reality and vice-versa.
And, like a hamster in a ball, while in a bubble you can roll (or float) to places but never truly arrive. Motion doesn’t mean freedom.
Here’s to popping all bubbles: institutional, personal, regional, national, political, cultural, you name it.