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
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3 years ago

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

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Jenn
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

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

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

they're all experiencing a deep connection

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stellermatt
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Anyone else see the European Union Flag?

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Jenn
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3 years ago

aw soo powerful

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Jenn
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3 years ago

ouch, bit harsh

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Dian Ella Lillie
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Picking up, or dropping off?

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Jacqueline Sabrina Goldberg
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3 years ago

Fantastic! However I perceive a saturation point. You are all so preoccupied with your online presence that you're suffering from overkill panic attack. Afraid that your teenager only connects with others through ye web? Create an environment were they can do their stuff together. Like the old time playing hal

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Elizabeth Lazorchak
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

twit

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Heather Bateman
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3 years ago

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

sh
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3 years ago

I immediately thought of it as he's slowly killing himself by his eating habits... one wing already. Almost like having "one foot in the grave". I love that it can be interpreted so many ways and all of them make sense.

sh
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3 years ago

... like he's on his way to being an angel; if that wasn't clear by what I said.

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Andrzej Raczynski
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3 years ago

I'm seeing shortsightedness, need for instant gratification, at one's own cost.

Jordy Star
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3 years ago

i got nothin on this one except...Dude WTF! your wings were made to fly not to be fried!

stellermatt
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3 years ago

wings are good though.

Angela Darling
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3 years ago

Self destruction via bad food choices...?

Justine Nicole
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3 years ago

I think it's saying what if we treated ourselves how we treat animals, like he's eating a chicken wing but it's his own wing that's damaged..

Nick P
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3 years ago

That's cannibalism....

Toni Tangents
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3 years ago

He's eating his own wing. Couldn't see it at first. This is how greedy and self destructive we can be.

JSmo
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3 years ago

This is basically representing autocannibalism of the soul. His wings represent his moral/religious beliefs (think of an angel wing, rather than a bird) whereas the act of cutting off a wing, frying it up and gluttonously eating it represents his willingness to temporarily put aside those same moral/religious beliefs in order to self-affirm his viewpoint on the world. Take for example an intense religious person who is willing to insult, belittle, put-down, and generally express hatred towards others for having a different religious/atheist viewpoint (I'm sure we all know at least one). This is usually in direct opposition to the basic teachings of most religions, often referred to as the "Golden Rule;" to treat others with kindness. They're sacrificing their belief in the "Golden Rule" (the angel wing) in order to validate their individual perspectives (a satisfying meal).

Rachel Iseabhail
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3 years ago

I see someone who is poor, and has to give up his own freedom to survive

Marta Kurek
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3 years ago

Wings are usually symbole od flying but as the author is front Poland three van nie several other meanings. For evxample wings were part of armour of Polish Hussars. It was 16th century cavalery and nowadays im Poland wings are also symbole atributes od warrior, fighters, people who are brave and fighter to the end.

Marta Kurek
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3 years ago

Sorry but my autocorrect is acting up again, it supposed to be:Wings are usually symbole od flying but as the author is from Poland there could be several other meanings. For example wings were part of armour of Polish Hussars. It was 16th century cavalery and nowadays in Poland wings are also atributes of warrior, fighters, people who are brave and fighter to the end.

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JDawn
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3 years ago

Maybe he's so full of himself but thinks he's an Angel...this one has me stumped.

JianShen Chew
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3 years ago

He's breaking his wing(ability to fly) inorder to survive in this harsh world.

Cyndi moring
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3 years ago

I see our species--in our gluttony we are literally eating & using resources into extinction.

Merciful Minerva
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3 years ago

...or is he eating himself?

Merciful Minerva
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3 years ago

visual of self-hate....

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Von
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3 years ago

In order to eat, one day we'll be forced to eat ourselves.

Shirin Mehrabi
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3 years ago

follow your dream and fly or make yourself full

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Miss Cris
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3 years ago

Isolated by screens

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Heather
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3 years ago

The boy is more powerful!

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Heather
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3 years ago

Is it the mouse from earlier?

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Daria B
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

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

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Shan West
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3 years ago

Knowledge is nourishment

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Tom Simmons
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3 years ago

Russia is often portrayed as a bear

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JDawn
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

In that sense most of my FB posts were sugarless.

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Sandra La Madeleine
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3 years ago

Escaping the reality through the internet?

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Rogue
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

rolling out the red carpet bombing

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sh
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3 years ago

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

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sh
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

False sense of security?

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

enough is un oeuf

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Mia Collinson
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

...Every book is an adventure.

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dogemaster
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3 years ago

the ocean is music

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G.D. Green
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3 years ago

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

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Paul Osborne
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3 years ago

The gutter press

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stellermatt
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3 years ago

say it with flowers

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sh
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

Spicing things up to get more audience

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BunnyBlubber
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

The cost of war

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sh
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

As a smoker I can really appreciate this one.

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Heather Bateman
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3 years ago

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

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John Montgomery
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3 years ago

"You wanna know how I got these scars?"

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Helo Der
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

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

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NaCoria
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3 years ago

submerge yourself in a book. learn something

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Jordy Star
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

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

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The Frog
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3 years ago

Start them off young

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The Frog
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3 years ago

Spend all night on fb

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Shan West
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3 years ago

Volatile Peace Deals - or a false sense of peace

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JC Smal
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3 years ago

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

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Jake Lutick
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3 years ago

Yuri would like this. knives for arms.

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Eva Teodorescu
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3 years ago

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

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Heather Bateman
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3 years ago

Eve ate the apple for this?

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Person2638
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3 years 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
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3 years 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
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3 years ago

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

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