Bubble Philosophy ☺️

Watching bubbles in water bucket made from falling water from tap I observe few things.

As bubbles flow out from centre of bucket, some of them join together. Lots of others too, but few of them together. They become a bigger bubble and beautiful to look at. They are much bigger than several around them, and as such demand respect and differentiate from others. Eventually they pop and die. I think this also signifies how human beings should be. Work, join forces, team up, produce something respectable, make a difference and eventually die, but with a pop! There are several small bubbles that do nothing and die in significantly. They are barely even noticed by any.

I think there is a similarity between human beings and these bubbles. Probably bubbles also have life. I wonder if they are also living beings. It was already proved that even if they did not move, plants are living beings. Perhaps all others that we find in nature too have life. They are just YET to be proved. One famous cardiologist already said each cell in human being is a living being on its own. He said they have their own digestive system and mind of their own. They are capable of thinking themselves, ‘for their own life’.

So also perhaps bubbles are living beings themselves like cells that are capable of joining together. Why is one bubble joining another and amalgamating? It is nature’s law of conservation. Desert plants for example save up/store up water when it rains scarcely, so that they can survive when there is no water at all. Bubbles join together because by doing so, they reduce their surface area proportionate to their combined volume. A bubble is a bubble in its first place because its nature is to have minimum surface area in a spherical form.

Bubbles flow out from the centre of water bucket where water is falling. A physicist will tell you there is an outward force in water surface and therefore the bubble moves. As bubbles slow down as they reach the edge of bucket, other bubbles that are emerging from the centre and moving at a faster pace connect to the slower bubble and by law of conservation of surface area, join together to make a bigger bubble. Now the new bubble is bigger and so will move even slower thereby increasing the opportunity for the smaller new faster bubbles to join it. Eventually the bubble meets the edge of the bucket, and due to increase in force will pop! Or, the bigger bubble becomes so large that it cannot control its own internal pressure and pops halfway through its journey!

Now the interesting thing to note is that there are some bubbles which have reached near the edge of the bucket. They change their direction backwards as they see a bigger bubble near them. They join the bigger bubble and amalgamate. This happens not only for the bubbles near the edge of the bucket but also for bubbles within the other surface area. They alter their normal direction to join the big one. A physicist will tell you that as water gushes out to the edge of the bucket there is a reverse force, let’s say Newton’s third law. Therefore the bubbles near the edge instead of continuing to go forward, they move in opposite direction.

Makes sense, right? Now why wouldn’t all the bubbles near the edge turn back whether there is a large and bubble or not? And why are those bubbles on surface not near edge of bucket changed their direction and join the bigger bubble? Physicist answer: well, water is moving in different directions. There are forces of moving wind on the surface, the ripples caused by falling water. And why aren’t all bubbles in same location move in same direction? Physicists response: theory of randomness. What is the theory of randomness? In complex situation, reactions are unpredictable. Bingo! So each bubble even when given the same situation behaves differently. So it is the ‘bubble’ that is deciding what it wants to do given a certain environment. Just as human beings do, are all other living beings do!

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