Observations of modern society, our habits and obsessions, are an important tool to have as we try to make sense of a rapidly changing world.

Sometimes we need to step back, slow down and look at ourselves with fresh eyes. Only then do the absurdities and flaws that we seem to have accepted as the norm become evident, and we can begin to question them.

Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski is an absolute master of this, combining powerful social commentary and satire with beautifully illustrated pieces, to make us sit back and reassess our priorities. “From the beginning I found that illustration was the best way to express my observations,” Pawel told Bored Panda. “I always say, that I'm an illustrator of a surrealistic time, so that is reflected in my work.”

Pawel began his career outside of his native Poland in order to focus on more global issues. “I wanted to be understandable for all peoples,” he told us. “I try not to speak directly about current problems. I try to find a wider view. Some times it's too wide! I receive many different kinds of opinion from people, that I'm old communist, liberal, fascist, conservative, anti-technological man, etc.”

In light of recent allegations surrounding Facebook and our data, the unjust wars that continue to rage around us, poverty, inequality and environmental degradation everywhere, these illustrations are highly relevant and deeply thought-provoking. What does Pawel think about the technology that we seem to be so in thrall to? “Facebook and other technological innovations are just the tools. It depends on us, for what kind of purposes we will use them.”

Scroll down below to check them out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Barbara 10 months ago

Two can keep a secret...if one of them isn't Facebook

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Jenn 10 months ago

just like humans of the world, instead of helping let's see how many likes I can get for this pic. sad times

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Dian Ella Lillie 10 months ago

I suspect he's telling us where the real pearls of wisdom are...

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stellermatt 10 months ago

they're all experiencing a deep connection

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stellermatt 10 months ago

so if you stick your head out long enough and become a tree, someone will look after you?

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Oliver Klos 10 months ago

Anyone else see the European Union Flag?

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Jenn 10 months ago

aw soo powerful

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Jenn 10 months ago

ouch, bit harsh

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Dian Ella Lillie 10 months ago

We're paddling in the shallow pool of banality that is the internet, and ignoring an ocean of experience in the written word.

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Steffen Beth 10 months ago

Picking up, or dropping off?

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Caitlyn McCracken 10 months ago

lol can't escape technology

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Elizabeth Lazorchak 10 months ago

The donkey is man and (s)he is being blinded by technology and can only see what's i front of them

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Daria B 10 months ago

Mmmmh... I welcome the potential downvotes, but I'll be the "black sheep" defending technology in this one. Pokemon Go was meant to get people out of their homes and go take a walk. Like Wii and Kinect, the concept is an effort to solve the problems of decreased physical activity caused by video games. I give it credit for that.

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stellermatt 10 months ago

twit

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Heather Bateman 10 months ago

OH--I think he's literally giving himself a physical disability (inability to fly)through poor diet (obesity)

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Miss Cris 10 months ago

Isolated by screens

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Heather 10 months ago

The boy is more powerful!

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Heather 10 months ago

Is it the mouse from earlier?

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Daria B 10 months ago

This one is pretty meaningful. I think it's abuse at work. Including entertainment business. Anyone that's valuable, creative, and kind. Is grounded to leave traces in this world with their wings. But those teaces are really boring patterns. For the sake of maintaining status quo, so the money of the bad boss can stay safe.

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Daria B 10 months ago

If only! I know what I'm going to say is not the message in this one, but I do wish all guns were replaced with selphy sticks.

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stellermatt 10 months ago

all animals are equal, but some are more equal than others.

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Shan West 10 months ago

Knowledge is nourishment

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Tom Simmons 10 months ago

Russia is often portrayed as a bear

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JDawn 10 months ago

Justice is SO blind. If you are famous or rich enough you can get away with anything. Look at the past and even now. Trump admitted to grabbing women but instead of an investigation he was elected President

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Neeraj Jha 10 months ago

In that sense most of my FB posts were sugarless.

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Sandra La Madeleine 10 months ago

Escaping the reality through the internet?

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Rogue 10 months ago

Legal immigrants are welcome, illegal - not so much. But too many people choose to ignore the "illegal" part over their bleeding hearts. Yet those very same people won't lift a finger to *actually* help any immigrant families. I am a legal immigrant myself by the way, but that doesn't matter .. I am pretty sure all the social justice warriors will downvote this to death.

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Sebastian Melmoth 10 months ago

rolling out the red carpet bombing

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sh 10 months ago

Keeping nature under control so it doesn't slow down our "progress".

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sh 10 months ago

We treat nature like it's there only for our amusement; not like it's something alive itself. The Earth is our playground.

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mbergen 10 months ago

False sense of security?

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stellermatt 10 months ago

enough is un oeuf

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Mia Collinson 10 months ago

They’re saying that social media is a vast empire that’s ran by the best and humanity are the feeble slaves that build it and maintain it, in reality we’re just slaves to social media even if we’re the ones in control.

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frank0ys 10 months ago

...Every book is an adventure.

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dogemaster 10 months ago

the ocean is music

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G.D. Green 10 months ago

The politicians supporting the gun industry are as lethal as the ammunition

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Paul Osborne 10 months ago

The gutter press

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stellermatt 10 months ago

say it with flowers

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sh 10 months ago

I will lie to your faces and you will not stop me, because I have the government on my side.

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mbergen 10 months ago

Reminds me of the Nine Inch Nails song Hurt (And you could have it all My empire of dirt .... )

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A Bo 10 months ago

Spicing things up to get more audience

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BunnyBlubber 10 months ago

At one point she was at the top so its more of a cycle than whats depicted here. Those kids at the top will eventually spend their time on the bottom

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Shan West 10 months ago

The cost of war

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sh 10 months ago

A career in mobile development is now becoming as important as a surgeon. Sought after, highly skilled, graciously compensated.

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Tyler Duffy 10 months ago

As a smoker I can really appreciate this one.

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Heather Bateman 10 months ago

Ha! Anything out of a politician's mouth will come true when pigs fly

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John Montgomery 10 months ago

"You wanna know how I got these scars?"

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Helo Der 10 months ago

He's a war reporter (see the bullet proof vest, helmet, and video recording equipment). They're the ones on the front lines that carry the burden of the dead long before the bodies return home.

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Smoofy 10 months ago

Again, making a killer seem prettier than it actually is.

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NaCoria 10 months ago

submerge yourself in a book. learn something

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Jordy Star 10 months ago

dont judge a book by its cover. its just the tip of the iceberg there is much more beneath it.

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sh 10 months ago

I'll be steering this ship in the direction the media suggests I should.

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The Frog 10 months ago

Start them off young

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The Frog 10 months ago

Spend all night on fb

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Shan West 10 months ago

Volatile Peace Deals - or a false sense of peace

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JC Smal 10 months ago

Pressure to be the best can take its toll...

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Jake Lutick 10 months ago

Yuri would like this. knives for arms.

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Eva Teodorescu 10 months ago

is it the thing that you can buy guns like groceries in america?

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Heather Bateman 10 months ago

Eve ate the apple for this?

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Person2638 10 months ago

In some parts of India, long ago, people used to believe the world was a bowl held up by four elephants on the back of a turtle. This must be a tribute to that.

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Jenni Ester 10 months ago

It's the corrupted ones who get ahead and are protected while the good ones are the ones taken advantage of.

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Heather 10 months ago

You can't do anything if you're always on a device

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PyroarRanger 10 months ago

Searching for true beauty

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Heather Bateman 10 months ago

False sense of securiry

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jenna 10 months ago

Beautiful.

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Sherie Cline 10 months ago

television is the albatross around our necks

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Heather Bateman 10 months ago

"Teeth first, then Facebook"

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Angela Darling 10 months ago

Toss that book and write your own!

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Jhoa 10 months ago

Lost.

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The Frog 10 months ago

All war is cat and mouse

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G.D. Green 10 months ago

The hard work it takes to author a book

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Mia Collinson 10 months ago

Social media dominates all aspects of our lives, so much so there are even apps that monitor sleeping patterns etc. there is no escape

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Mike Marks 10 months ago

The wall will not be an impediment to the wealthy

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Camilla Koutsos 10 months ago

No individuality left

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Jhoa 10 months ago

False sense of freedom.

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Mia Collinson 10 months ago

We’re surrounded by the luxuries of technology, holidays, leisure etc. and all of these are opportunities to connect with others but we still feel isolated

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Skure 10 months ago

Lenjin with the knife that is used with AK-47

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