Polish illustrator, artist, and co-owner of Morski Studio Graficzne Igor Morski creates surreal images imbued with hidden meaning. He graduated with honors from the Interior Architecture and Industrial Design Faculty at the State Higher School of Fine Art in Poznań, and worked for public broadcasting in the 80s and 90s, before finally pursuing a career in press illustration. Morski opened his own studio in 1995.

"Sometimes I used to use popular symbols, such as Pinocchio’s long nose," Morski told Bored Panda. "However, most frequently I have tried to think up my own symbols. For example, [my piece] “creative archaeology” is about the commercialisation of archaeology. There, I depict a halved human head filled with the sand with a stylised figure of Indiana Jones, the archaeologist, at the top. The symbolism becomes clear. On the one hand, you have the head filled with the sand, on the other, the figure digging in it."

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NadineMorris-Wieringa
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5 years ago

I was a single parent myself for a while. This illustrates the situation perfectly! I had to row against my ex while having the added weight of the children.

KristiZoebelein
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5 years ago

If you follow the physics, they are actually rowing with each other, not against.

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Cosi
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5 years ago

actually, they both parents are pushing in the same direction here

ErikHamlin
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5 years ago

Actually, they're rowing in opposite directions...

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PIForward
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5 years ago

I see the father as a supporting presence, but invisible.

Drew Cannon
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5 years ago

The physics is ambiguous which maybe is part of the point. If the father is under water then he is helping. If he is also above water, then they are struggling against each other. Perhaps they are both trying to move and getting nowhere. Like a lot of good art there is a lot of room in the interpretation here.

Drew Cannon
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5 years ago

So no need to argue with each other in the comments here :-)

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Cami La Torre
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5 years ago

Single mother having to be both mother and father. Be as strong as a mom and dad, be two people to the children, even though it's tough and she's just one woman.

Nikita Gill
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5 years ago

I think it's about how a woman plays her role as a mother and also as a father for her child.

AdityaMaheshwari
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5 years ago

Couples nowadays separate so easily so that they don't even think much about the kid.. no one is looking after the kid here.. :(

Allan Carpenter
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5 years ago

Even in a marriage it can be like two parallel worlds.

Sally Peterson
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5 years ago

I think it's a Widow not a divorce. There's sadness in the portrait, not anger (typically associated with divorces). He still lives within her but she can't feel it and looks back at where she came from. She's alone in her sadness because we can feel connected with technology but when you strip that away and sit in Nature you realize you're alone. Even tho right behind her is the child whom she could connect with. But her Aline's and sadness is preventing that.

MiklósNagy
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5 years ago

Am I the only one who noticed that neither of them cares about the kid?

MonicaGathoni
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5 years ago

1.What a man can do a woman can do attitude. 2.Single mother is both a mother and a father to her children.

TracyCordner
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5 years ago

I don't see her as a single parent. I see the man living a separate life. I see this as a commentary on men working too many hours to support families they don't get to enjoy.

MikeHillyer
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5 years ago

It feels like the father died and the mother and child is alone but the husband is there with them in spirit watching over them and helping as best he can.

PriyaChana
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5 years ago

Separate existence, one ambition

ChristinaCroddy
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5 years ago

I am a single parent of three... this picture makes me jealous. I see as They are working together. one pulls the other extends.

RachaelKelley
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5 years ago

What I see in this picture... Is on the surface the woman looks like she's pulling all the weight when really the man is doing the work behind the scenes and getting no recongnition. Even though they are facing opposite directions, they are actually rowing in sync with eachother. I'd like to caveat with this has no reflection on how I actual feel about the single parenting situation at all, just what I see when I look at the picture.

JenniferDonahue
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5 years ago

What I see is woman who is both Mother and daughter. This is something her father used to do with her. She reconnects with her father who may no longer be living as she continues this tradition with her daughter.

JenniferDonahue
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5 years ago

The man looks a bit older than the woman, the woman is smiling as she looks off into the distance, so I think that the reflection is a fond memory and connection to the past. The little girl who seems to be pondering life, the future , and pleasantly enjoying the present moment will likely do the same someday.

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LyndseyLax
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5 years ago

I think I see this a little didferenlty than what I read. I sew this, morjority of the time, the mother does most of the work. (THIS IS NOT KNOCKING THE FATHERS) It's just life and how it goes. But notice the little girl is the one looking at the reflection. And me with a daughter myself. And myself doing most of the work because her dad, my wonderful huaband, works over 80 hours a week, the child seea the parents equal. No matter how much time/work either parent put in. My daughter LOVES her father. Daddys and daughters have a very special bond.

IvanaAnavi
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5 years ago

so true :(

AdriMeyer
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5 years ago

i saw it differently - the mother is performing the role of both mother and father..

BernaKoç
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5 years ago

Although the woman looks pretty weak, as a single parent, she deep inside possesses the man power...

BernaKoç
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5 years ago

The forgotten child during parents' ongoing struggle

DanitraDavid
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5 years ago

It got me thinking....was this a depiction of division of labor; or lack there of? The gender role strain I.e a woman goes to work, she brings her kids with her, in fact she biting stem everywhere. Conversely when a man goes to work, he works.

AmandaRaynes
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5 years ago

It looks to me the child stares into the water's and sees a father in her mother.

JonathonLockard
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5 years ago

The beauty of this image demonstrates the struggle of both the mother and father. What I find interesting is the child's expression.

JonathonLockard
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5 years ago

The beauty of this image demonstrates the struggle of both mother and father. What I think is particularly interesting is the child's expression.

Alberto Pazzagli
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5 years ago

I feel Fed up by cliché. Women Can push opposite as well, they are not the lonely Heroes all the time, my Story proofs It

Jesse Villa
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5 years ago

rowing together on opposite sides of the same issue and they are getting nowhere

Ramon Navas Flyfluss
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5 years ago

i see what happening now at these days. Almost every couple with kids are separate, both sailng the same way to help them grow up, but he mother have the custody. I dont see guilty any of them, is just a consecuense of the society we live.

Connie Doc
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5 years ago

Perhaps, the romancing days are over, but they still tight to their most valuable treasure, the family.

Yaga McInnes
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5 years ago

love this painting.

PetrutaGheorghe
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5 years ago

solitudine

SarguVictoria
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5 years ago

Sed Reality

EstherWalgwe
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5 years ago

We often forget the role of the father which though it appears in the background is just as important to move a family forward

JulianneHook
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5 years ago

Maybe its that she was once a man and is rowing in her freedom.

RebeccaFrankel
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5 years ago

the child doesn't seem interested in either one of them. she is dreaming and lost in her own world. The mother and father are lost in their intensity and battle with each other and have lost sight of the child.

JDMac
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5 years ago

Makes me angry at all the dads who choose not to be in their child's life's or are not allowed by sick mothers.

PriyaChana
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5 years ago

Pulling together for our future generation all the while separate in existence

TrudiJansen
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5 years ago

Very striking

DanBodea
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5 years ago

The father in underwater.... What else can be said?!

JosipŠaban
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5 years ago

The father is dead

LindaGogulskiRubin
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5 years ago

I will survive

GlynPereira
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5 years ago

Perfect visual explanation.

Michele Christian
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5 years ago

Notice how calm the mom remains and the anger on the dads face

MironMiotk
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5 years ago

Man always alone fighting to move everything in the right direction but no one notices him - only children are near their mother.

JohnNathanNeilDion
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5 years ago

1st thing that crossed my mind is absentee father

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RrezeOsmani
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5 years ago

some man just want to watch the world burn

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TinyDynamine
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5 years ago

The words on there are the days of the week in case you were wondering.

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JessicaRudd
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5 years ago

Or a boy growing into society's definition of what a man is supposed to be. What our definition of masculinity has evolved into.

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AuburnSkies
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5 years ago

That moment when you realize you're using a phone to look at this...

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JessicaRudd
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5 years ago

America

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KláraKoubová
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5 years ago

brain

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KarinaLopez
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5 years ago

time puppet

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JuliaCandalisa
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5 years ago

We are made of Earth. When we die we will return to the earth. But, in the meantime, life is a beautiful dance.

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AnneHopkinson
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5 years ago

We put so many thoughts and feelings into little compartments, putting off dealing with them.....

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JennBurns
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5 years ago

Big brother is watching...

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DeeGee
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5 years ago

We say in Poland that "someone is making water out of your brain", when you are manipulated.

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AllanAllsopp
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5 years ago

We all grow in different directions.

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WendyBarnhart
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5 years ago

The foundation of society is eroding.

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SabrinaFairchild
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5 years ago

Under the cloak of aging lies beauty and wisdom

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SallyHart
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5 years ago

Our thoughts are manipulated

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RaeannWiley
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5 years ago

Only in nature can you grow

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IlincaNe
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5 years ago

I believe that the circle with the man "traped" inside is the routine we have each day. But only the human. The birds appear to be free at all times...and the difference between them is just...sad

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AndrewBlikken
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5 years ago

I see a child controlling his elder self. The moon is a terrific allegory for the lens of fantasy through which we viewed adulthood.

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JuliaCandalisa
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5 years ago

Inside: i am still a young girl, wishing to fly away. To escape. Why were birds born with wings, and not I?

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JuliaCandalisa
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5 years ago

"I miss the BRAINS down in Aaaaafricaaaa"

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NicholasPerpiglia
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5 years ago

Business and capitalism are just means in which society can unload aggressiveness and the desire of dominance. Deep inside we are still all animals.

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MeganCarson
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5 years ago

The masks we wear

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JustinStrange
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5 years ago

How we are too focused on ourselves to see what's in front of us.

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KellyRenders
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5 years ago

Using money to get to higher grounds

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Shannon
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5 years ago

You've got "male"?

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ValentinaBacalu
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5 years ago

Nature is stronger than what people build ;)

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PhilipAtkins
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5 years ago

Big fish in a little pond; america isn't as great as it thinks it is without the cooperation/water of the rest of the world.

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BobbiNewell
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5 years ago

His imagination lifts him up out of his impoverished surroundings. But he is also his own worst enemy: if he swings his sword the wrong way, he'll cut the strings and come crashing painfully back to reality.

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AmberWong
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5 years ago

nothing is either black or white

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AdityaMaheshwari
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5 years ago

Despite how important a thing is, there is always a limit of having it, too much of anything is a bad idea.

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Norn
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5 years ago

being a slave to things I posses

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JustinStrange
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5 years ago

Overcrowding. We all live on top of each other.

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BonitaPotgieter
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5 years ago

Sometimes you think you protecting yourself when the very thing you thought was protecting you ends up causing the most damage...

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JustinStrange
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5 years ago

Climbing the corporate ladder just to watch your money fly away.

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PhilipAtkins
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5 years ago

We as people are larger than those giving the orders. We literally support those in power, and yet we follow their direction

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TyYamnitz
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5 years ago

The mind is influenced by its environment

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Norn
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5 years ago

slave of sexuality

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JonathanM
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5 years ago

The true nature of humans desires the idyll of the natural environment.

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LauraFox
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5 years ago

My husband and I always have the deep discussions about our life and marriage in the middle of the night. This one really resonates with me.

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Norn
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5 years ago

break free

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MalinaAlexandra
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5 years ago

Demons inside us are killing us or that dark side inside each of us

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Bianca Meglio
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5 years ago

religiions: who is the beast?

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Shannon
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5 years ago

See me for who i really am.

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DarleneAyars-Feazell
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5 years ago

Self imposed prison of addiction

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Norn
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5 years ago

cutting someone else´s legs won´t help you walk faster

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DouglasHamilton
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5 years ago

Fuel has become our water. Our way of life depends upon it.

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DarleneAyars-Feazell
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5 years ago

The distorted reality and transformation of matter to symbolize reality in dreams

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EmmaWood
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5 years ago

I think something might be bugging him :)

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JonathanM
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5 years ago

Freedom during evolution progresses to a mere symbol of liberty.

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PhilipAtkins
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5 years ago

We can evolve and change, but our future is literally either going to be flooded or filled with pollution

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