We all know that nothing is perfect. Our modern society included. Many things are problematic and troubling, and even though we notice them, we are not too fast to work on fixing pressing social issues.

Al Margen, an illustrator from Buenos Aires, Argentina, creates depressing drawings pinpointing the world problems of our times. He creates dark drawings that are sometimes louder than words and are extremely thought-provoking. The author himself is very critical about his works and talks about them in a really artistic manner: "They are children of boredom, nonconformity or anger. <...> They are the representation of discarded ideas. They are the garbage of the subconscious. But they are more visceral and sincere than other sad drawings because they have no obligation to please. <...> Because they were born only by an impulse and nothing more. Because they were born to annoy because they show the problems with society."

Take a look at some of his satirical works on social problems below and let us know which one was your favorite.

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Amy Radie
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3 years ago

Too true.

Bridget Smith
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3 years ago

I love this one. I teach 7th grade science and this is one of the biggest things I'm trying to figure out how to fix in my class. When I want students to really think, they get so frustrated. They just want to know the minimum requirements to pass. So it's a big mental shift to go from doing enough to pass the test, to actually understanding concepts and applying them to your every day life. It's hard to get them to think strategically and use processing skills that are valuable​ in science class, but will REALLY be useful in life. Instead of just making them memorize a bunch of crap that they'll forget the second they get the report card.

PARANOIDANDROID
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3 years ago

I think this illustration shows a different perspective than yours, more in the lines along "formal education suffocates creativity". Which is I believe is more like you say, creativity can only go as far as the person wants, I am thankful for school actually with out it there would be more idiots in the world. A person capable of critical thinking should be able to take only what they need.

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Lorin Mihai
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3 years ago

it reminds me the song "we don't need no education" meaning that education kills our power to think.. i don't know what to say

Dennis Ivanov
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3 years ago

Do you mean "Another Brick in the Wall" by Pink Floyd? If so then I agree, the message is definitely similar.

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Ryan Franco
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3 years ago

I liked a lot of these. However, this one seems to present a message that is absolutely not true. In stark contrast to what this illustration implies, it tends to be people who lack a formal education that feel that formal education "stops thinking" or that it "squelches creativity;" and it couldn't be further from the truth. I'd have to agree with Socrates when he said that education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel. Nearly every significant medical and technological breakthrough over the last several hundred years has been discovered and developed by men with advanced chemical engineering, civil and structural engineering, and Science based degrees. To say that education simply breaks a person's "light bulb" only to cover it with a graduation cap is ridiculous, and I feel truly sorry for anyone that lacks so much formal education that they actually believe this to be true.

Donna Mixon
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3 years ago

Actually, today's university "education" has become "endoctrination" where only one type of thought is allowed.

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Miklós Nagy
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3 years ago

That's what I'm saying for kids. Not for mines but for those I want to hire as cheap, uneducated labour in the future!

Yioryos Ninjitsu
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3 years ago

Very subjective..depends on many things. School and university (judging by the hat) have a tremendous difference imo. While most modern schools try to conform their students into "mindless working hands", the right choice of university can expand your mind more than anything you ever imagined :D. In my student years I was one of the worst students of the whole school, bad grades, "rebellious attitude", basically I was labeled a bad seed; probably because i wasn't so manageable as the other kids i guess. A few years later, and after some ridiculous jobs, I realized how this life of servitude just isn't for me. I enrolled in a graphic design university which taught me so many-many things, I finally experienced a thirst for knowledge, a spark light up inside of me and I knew...that was it. Now I'm working with a friend as a free-lancing duo and i couldn't be happier and fulfilled....all thanks to a second class university that was able to show me the true bliss of education!

Yioryos Ninjitsu
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3 years ago

It really saddens me to see so many people blame education for this soul sucking situation we got in our schools. It's the system, not the subject.

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JonJon Shmitt
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3 years ago

Too bad we do not live where we are free to challenge bad ideas that people promote in college but can not defend. You could be graded down if you don't go with the flow. Perception is not reality and yet it is not only taught as such, but those who question that ideology are called names like we are still in elementary school. ...sad

Rogue Angel
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3 years ago

Education.. the removal of the power to think.

Tina Estes
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3 years ago

I see this & it's like whoever is over school curriculum forbids creativity, doesn't allow for individual thought & indoctrinates them with whatever they see fit!!! Most liberal colleges are that way & elementary, middle & high schools are following in their footsteps!!!

Yudum Yaman
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9 months ago

Perfect!

John Kilty
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3 years ago

Educated people are what has always saved this planet.

Markus Hamlet
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3 years ago

"Imagination is more important than knowledge, because knowledge is limited." Albert Einstein

Joseph Hui
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3 years ago

that's only true if you're a POS student

Joseph Hui
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3 years ago

lol that's only if u are a shit student

Joan Sewall
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3 years ago

The end is near

Adam Coombs
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3 years ago

I find this a highly pessimistic view of education especially as the assumption here is, there are no ideas or creativity in the first place (non lit lightbulb). I am fortunate to teach students music in a university and I receive stunning composition portfolios all the time. I know pre undergraduate thinking can be somewhat prescriptive in students but once on the path to critical thinking and reflection, the results become remarkably good (should they choose to). I wish I could have been as 'sorted' as some of the 21 year olds I witness on graduation day!

Robert Snow
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3 years ago

College 😜

Mary Cochran
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3 years ago

Most of these are ambiguous at best. Some just a bunch of crap. ESP. No. 4–parents arguing in front of their children is new somehow. Puhleeze. And education? Vastly overstated. You want to be creative? Learn to read and write. You want to be a climate change denier? Skip science class.

Barbara McIlwrath
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3 years ago

Mark Twain - 'I never allowed my schooling to interfere with my education'. You can 'teach' all you wnat, but people will only learn (or retain) what they want.

Manuel Gaetan
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3 years ago

These are the people that voted for a higher minimum wage instead of getting higher wages. Minimum wage is just that minimum wage no matter how high that wage is. Crying shame the incompetence and ignorance run rampant.

Glenn Speake
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3 years ago

Wow

J.L. Reign
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3 years ago

This is why I'm leaving the classroom. I'm tired of pushing someone else's agenda!

Benjamino Taylor
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3 years ago

An education where we are taught to learn and repeat stuff to gain a certificatation. Whatever happened to objective and free thinking.

LaToya Blakey
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3 years ago

WOW.

Sylvain Duford
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3 years ago

Tragically true

beidsen
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3 years ago

Funny how those educated in the system do not see their own bias and claim those who do see it as uneducated

therealpixie
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3 years ago

Having read all the comments on all the pictures, I must say they are a fascinating insight into boredpanda's psyches!

Michael Westermann
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3 years ago

This one's just stupid

Chris Jones
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3 years ago

Next...

Catherine Melnyk
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3 years ago

Boy, that's wild...but yes, true.

Ahriana Valadez-Enderle
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3 years ago

Our. Education system takes free original thoughts and often replaces them with broken outdated thoughts

Kevon Beckles
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3 years ago

Wow

JWPetros
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3 years ago

I think the above happened when safe spaces and trigger warnings were implemented at universities.

Jon Grant
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3 years ago

This reminds me of The Wall Pink Floyd

Miriam Cassar
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3 years ago

no comment necessary

endelbendel
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3 years ago

Yes, when it's same for all.

Lisa Greene
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3 years ago

The American education machine!

Gregg Bender
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3 years ago

"We don't need no education...We don't need no mind control...No dark sarcasm in the classroom..."

Damian Staron
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3 years ago

No, not true. This picture is how the non-educated come to view education.

Jadesqr
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3 years ago

Though, [spelled correctly] the light bulb lacks color, is it 'Red,' 'Blue' or 'Green?' No matter the system is totally 'BUSTED.'

Irene Walton
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3 years ago

all the garbage put in

Sparkwater
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3 years ago

Gets there without much in his head...

Cherryl Sagan
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3 years ago

Although I don't agree with the thought behind this illustration, I respect the right to your opinion.

Richard Soukup DC
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3 years ago

So not true from my experience.

Richard Soukup DC
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3 years ago

You get out 2what you put in.

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Rainbow screen
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3 years ago

Another brick in the wall

Kristaps Sungailis
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3 years ago

It's true if in school you learn only facts, bat not how to understand them.

Amanda Vidri
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3 years ago

Guess you've never had any good university's teachers then.

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Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Xonventional Education System.

Quim Roundy
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3 years ago

A picture paints a thousand words

ndrnyc
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3 years ago

Brilliant Truth.

Bipolar King
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3 years ago

Where to look and point our views

Frances Haschke
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3 years ago

This one is one of my favorite

Batya Livni
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3 years ago

That's true up to a point

Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

The artist is trying to point out what he sees as wrong with our society, so, this is saying the educational system tries to get at the ideas a person has, smash them, replace them with what they are teaching in order for them to be called educated.

Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

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hawkeyefan95IA
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3 years ago

Education kills creativity

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

Black mirror-ish

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varwenea
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3 years ago

A viewer/reader needs to be judicious on how they process info. Information is rarely absolute. Hero and villain are often opposite sides of the same coin; just a matter of perspective.

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varwenea
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This is so horrible and so true. Sad for the child.

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Jeremie Guerra
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Those drawing are really dark and powerfull!

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Too many extra-academic obligations.

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Bob 3.0
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3 years ago

This perfectly sums up anorexia.

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

I prefer coffee :)

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

2 seconds before a jaguar eats her face off

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

I know how it feels to walk up dollar stairs and be met with a dick to the face

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nameme the undieing
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3 years ago

reminds me of dr who

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Alia Gail
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3 years ago

I hate seeing old buildings knocked down, or old businesses going out, or anything like that. It makes me so sad.

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Cheryl Adams
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3 years ago

Who shall I be today?

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Diana Lazar
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3 years ago

Tinder?

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Jeremie Guerra
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3 years ago

It reminds me a scene from Midnight Express

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

A baby machine to feed a hungry world.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Crimefighting sistem dissected

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Tina Nebiolo
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3 years ago

When the mind's defense mechanism is to drown the possibility of thoughts in music.

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Kane Cheung
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3 years ago

Peace does not always bring about freedom. And not hard to become a prisoner of peace. Bane said it best, victory has defeated you.

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Sweep the Leg
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3 years ago

I really like this one!

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Stefania PiovPr
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3 years ago

I think , socety tries to make you look mad if you have different opinions ...or ideas

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

In today schedule no need for brains.

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bon dok
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3 years ago

Some refugees couldn't find a land

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Allie Orona
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3 years ago

It's hard to be a kid in a money-less family, when the parents won't change their lifestyles to the lesser amount of money they now have. You have to give up so much of yourself to try to make things better, as far as money goes, and it all goes down the drain anyway. It really, really sucks.

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Ποιητικό Αίτιο
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3 years ago

Look at that. He's only chained by his mind. His feet and arms are let free. And the chains leading to his mind are connected to negligible obstacles. It's the mind that's keeping you away from love...

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Rogue Angel
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3 years ago

Shackled to the internet. So true. So many people live their lives on the Net, they forget there's a life away from it.

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Alex Libre
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3 years ago

I think it's more to do with stereotyping and how we view people based on a few arbitrary "defining" characteristics. Rich people are greedy, fat people only think about food, police officers are just out to stop people from having fun, and a beautiful woman is just a beautiful body. Flawed thinking.

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Taylor Chrisley
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3 years ago

Domestic Violence

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Edouard Youssef
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3 years ago

The one think too much of the past, the other one is embarrassed by the future and the third one can't live the present day, so they all come here to take their "carpe diem" pils...

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Cheryl Adams
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3 years ago

Turn off consumer mentality. We're supposed to care for the earth, not consume it.

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Martin Forbes
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3 years ago

With these drawings, as I believe most of us get what the artist is trying to say here, its clear that we really are in a dystopian society and we just don't see it because we don't want to see it. sigh...

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Danielle Scott
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3 years ago

Really? I see power stripping away dignity, strength, and freedom from helpless individuals & obliterating them

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Amy Noble
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3 years ago

They don't fit

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Kaeli McIntyre
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3 years ago

anxiety

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Kane Cheung
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3 years ago

Biological clock is ticking

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Kari Ann Popovic
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1 year ago

How about he who has help and access to better technology is going to produce more than one who's working with old technology on their own. It's about the inherent advantages in the class disparity that leads those who don't even see what they have as an advantage to think they're simply better, or that others are less: less clever, less creative, less able.

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Jennifer Nicholson
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3 years ago

mowing down the resistance

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Brandon Paltoo
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3 years ago

Plastic surgery

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It was Mark!
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3 years ago

The thinker. Planting more seeds to ponder about.

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

Love is blind. You will open the door to your heart and let them walk right in if you don't know the person and only go by appearances, and they could be hiding their intent to do you harm.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Trapped by TV

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Cheryl Adams
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3 years ago

Cue the Kardashians.

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Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Religion as big buck business.

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Birchy Cat
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3 years ago

Surrogate

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Two different outcomes with the same potion

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Bridgitt Belanger
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3 years ago

Her blood, sweat, and tears have gone down the drain as a college graduate.

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Patti
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3 years ago

The price she had to pay to get there

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Dennis Reyes
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3 years ago

Finding inspiration.

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Jessica Roose
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3 years ago

Dude takes pills either for drug addiction or Rx and it alters his state of mind so that he is unable to write. Everything that comes from him goes to waste hence the trashcan

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Patti
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3 years ago

Horse power

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Jacqui O'Rhea
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3 years ago

Finger nails have a nail bed, so the roses under the nail of the fingers with wedding rings are "a bed of roses". The barbed wire represents a prison you can't escape from. What they though was bliss when they got married turns out to be a life sentence. The man and woman are popping up from a toaster. They are done, dry. Their love has dried up. From her head is a spool of silk. A spring silkworm produces silk until it dies. There is a Chinese thought that likewise, giving one's thought to another person is like a spring silkworm producing silk until it dies. He has a banana on his head. There is a book called Mr. Bananahead at Home about Mr. Bananahead who tries hard to do all the chores on Mrs. Bananahead's list but can't get them right. So the symbolism on their heads means even though they both have tried to to please each other, in the end it is no good, if that is all they do. It is too consuming and they dry up as people.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Yes, instead of commiting suicide, he prefers to destroy his memories. Nice move.

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Nickie Pacheco
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3 years ago

The life of social media. Everyone posts looking for validation via likes. Only to find opposition from people close to them.

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Jessica Roose
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3 years ago

She is a prostitute. Her tongue holds powerful men in her prison. Bc with the ability to blackmail she has power over them with the words she speaks. The only one who pleases her is her drugs where she can find escape from what it is she does.

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cyberbird
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3 years ago

Possessiveness

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