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 1 year ago

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

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Jenn 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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stellermatt 1 year ago

they're all experiencing a deep connection

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stellermatt 1 year 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 1 year ago

Anyone else see the European Union Flag?

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Jenn 1 year ago

aw soo powerful

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Jenn 1 year ago

ouch, bit harsh

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Dian Ella Lillie 1 year 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 1 year ago

Picking up, or dropping off?

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Caitlyn McCracken 1 year ago

lol can't escape technology

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Elizabeth Lazorchak 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

twit

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Heather Bateman 1 year 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 1 year ago

Isolated by screens

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Heather 1 year ago

The boy is more powerful!

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Heather 1 year ago

Is it the mouse from earlier?

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Daria B 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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Shan West 1 year ago

Knowledge is nourishment

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Tom Simmons 1 year ago

Russia is often portrayed as a bear

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JDawn 1 year 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 1 year ago

In that sense most of my FB posts were sugarless.

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Sandra La Madeleine 1 year ago

Escaping the reality through the internet?

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Rogue 1 year 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 1 year ago

rolling out the red carpet bombing

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sh 1 year ago

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

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sh 1 year 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 1 year ago

False sense of security?

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stellermatt 1 year ago

enough is un oeuf

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Mia Collinson 1 year 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 1 year ago

...Every book is an adventure.

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dogemaster 1 year ago

the ocean is music

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G.D. Green 1 year ago

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

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Paul Osborne 1 year ago

The gutter press

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stellermatt 1 year ago

say it with flowers

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sh 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

Spicing things up to get more audience

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BunnyBlubber 1 year 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 1 year ago

The cost of war

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sh 1 year 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 1 year ago

As a smoker I can really appreciate this one.

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Heather Bateman 1 year ago

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

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John Montgomery 1 year ago

"You wanna know how I got these scars?"

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Helo Der 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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NaCoria 1 year ago

submerge yourself in a book. learn something

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Jordy Star 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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The Frog 1 year ago

Start them off young

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The Frog 1 year ago

Spend all night on fb

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Shan West 1 year ago

Volatile Peace Deals - or a false sense of peace

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JC Smal 1 year ago

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

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Jake Lutick 1 year ago

Yuri would like this. knives for arms.

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Eva Teodorescu 1 year ago

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

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Heather Bateman 1 year ago

Eve ate the apple for this?

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Person2638 1 year 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 1 year 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 1 year ago

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

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PyroarRanger 1 year ago

Searching for true beauty

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Heather Bateman 1 year ago

False sense of securiry

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jenna 1 year ago

Beautiful.

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Sherie Cline 1 year ago

television is the albatross around our necks

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Heather Bateman 1 year ago

"Teeth first, then Facebook"

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Angela Darling 1 year ago

Toss that book and write your own!

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Jhoa 1 year ago

Lost.

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The Frog 1 year ago

All war is cat and mouse

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G.D. Green 1 year ago

The hard work it takes to author a book

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Mia Collinson 1 year 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 1 year ago

The wall will not be an impediment to the wealthy

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