Money, population, commodities and weather are, without a single doubt, factors that determine our daily future in the troubled world we have built for ourselves. An economic bubble has a life that ends with its bursting, which manifests itself with a sudden drop on prices, that only stops when it naturally (or artificially in some cases) reaches an equilibrium point, a lot lower than the highest level it ever reached. If this level results too low, a crack will follow. It is true that dwelling, which bubble’s bursting we recently witnessed, is also immensely important, but we have considered the first four categories named at the beginning of the article to be enough to focus on for this work. Based upon these categories we have established our thesis of the four bubbles of the apocalypse.

“Money, population, commodities and weather are categories that right now are in the bubble stage, and they all take part in a system in which they all are very tightly connected with each other in a manner in which each one affects the rest of them and each one is affected by the rest of them”.

We know that an economic bubble is an abnormal and extended rising on the prices of certain stocks, products or services, caused by the effect of one or many external agents. The prices of commodities and the monetary mass inflation are obviously likely to enter the economic bubble stage, but can the weather also be likely to enter such stage? What about population growth, Can it also be entering the bubble stage? To prove that these aspects fit perfectly into the bubble category, it is enough to observe and notice that from a “X” period of time, climate change and population have shown a steady exponential growth, that when compared to similar phenomena in past times, can only be considered as abnormal. All of these changes are caused by external agents and it isn’t farfetched to think that in “Y” time, all of these bubbles can burst.

After analyzing all of this, a few questions immediately pop into our head: How do we think the bursting of these bubbles will be? Will it drive us to the apocalypse? Is there an actual chance of this happening? We believe so, but it may be necessary for the whole system to breakdown, in other words, it may take all of the bubbles to burst at the same time in order to generate a sort of “perfect storm” that, in the long run would lead to something as serious as the impossibility of continuing life on Earth. This would be followed by the extinction of the human race and of many more species. If we’re not careful enough and if we’re uncapable of identifying the real threats as well as of applying the corrective measures needed, we would be setting the perfect scenario for the end of the world. If the global financial crisis that strikes today’s world was to become more intense, it would mean that some countries will be unable to disburse the required resources to function under the standards set by ecological treaties of vital importance, or not to consider these treaties as a priority. These treaties have been signed with the objective of  stopping the growth of sub-bubbles such as global warming, the widening of the ozone layer, the growth of  deforested surfaces caused by indiscriminated logging of jungles and forests or the ever-worsening oceans and seas contamination, among a bigger number of problems that threaten the possibilities of maintaining life in earth. If global population continues to grow at such an overwhelming pace, just to recall another example, then the need of land for the development of agricultural activities will also increase at a similar pace, aggravating environmental problems that correspond to this issue. In the four following articles we will study at a higher level of detail each one of the bubbles, trying to learn and explain new fundamental aspects about each one of them.

These are the subjects that from now on we will be discussing on this blog, therefore our readers will always have access to articles relating economy, environmental issues, demography, lectures of apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic novels and ecological fiction, among others, always accompanied with a warning that allows us to acknowledge the cataclysm that may occur, but never losing the hope that it can be avoided. I wish that these messages have a better fortune than that of the shipwrecked that sends his in a bottle.

Sandor Alejandro Gerendas-Kiss
Translation Alvaro Arconada