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The Destructive Power of Bubbles and Why You Need to Break Out

Bubbles happen when you create a world where you spend most of your time, and then assume everyone thinks like you. And every group has bubbles: Hollywood, the Church, media elites, politicians, athletes, the gay community, and hundreds more.  I work in Hollywood and know people who can’t imagine why anyone could possibly be conservative about anything.  They are liberal, and think the world evolves around them. The same is true for other bubbles. Because they associate with the same people, speak the same language, experience the same lifestyle, they assume everyone else must live like them.

But they don’t.

That’s the danger of bubbles. You lose touch with reality. Hillary Clinton has spent most of her adult life living off taxpayers, and hasn’t driven a car since 1996.  A rich friend of mine can’t imagine actually buying clothes off the rack. A Christian friend can’t explain why anyone would watch an R rated movie. A gay person has no context for why anyone would oppose gay marriage.

Think about it.  What bubble do you live in?

Bubbles are ultimately destructive because they shield us from the reality of the world. They keep us from understanding how other people think. Bubbles create intolerance and build walls.

So get out. Take a risk. Start a conversation outside the bubble and see what happens.

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