Just like Neo from The Matrix, we sometimes get a strange feeling deep in our guts that something is not quite right with the world. German artist Steffen Kraft, who also goes by the name Iconeo online, makes amazing social commentary pictures that highlight how ironic, weird and even hypocritical life can sometimes be.

Here are what we believe to be the most visually appealing pieces of Kraft’s artwork. So scroll down, upvote the ones you like, and share your thoughts in the comments. And make sure to read Bored Panda’s in-depth interview with the artist down below. After you’re done admiring this list, check out Kraft’s previous post on Bored Panda.

More info: Iconeo.de | Facebook | Instagram 

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

This one disturbs me the most :0

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MagicalUnicorn
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1 year ago

this is sad but true in so many cases

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Amy Pattie
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1 year ago

Wow this is sad.

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Bored Panda reached out to Iconeo to learn more about him, the way he creates art, and the philosophy that hides behind each picture. When asked about the main inspiration for his art, Kraft replied that he’s inspired by both small and large things.

“On the one hand, I'm inspired by little things, like my pencil, a cup of coffee or toilet paper. These little objects are icons. Everybody knows them. We don't have to think about their function when we see them. It's good brain training trying to place these things in a different situation. Sometimes, the results are meaningful, sometimes not.”

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varwenea
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1 year ago

Dumber meets dumber. Add Boris and there'll be a battle for the tweedle-dumbest title.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

This is essentially how soldiers are manipulated to give their lives for their country

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Sadly, this one never gets old.

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“On the other hand, I'm inspired by bigger things, like climate change, plastic pollution or social behavior. I try to make these complex themes simple and surprising,” the artist revealed to Bored Panda.

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Ale_Vidal23
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1 year ago

school accessory, USA edition

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varwenea
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1 year ago

Luckily, Nelson Mandela, Malala Yousafzai, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Rosa Park, and many others didn't think so. Just need many more to think differently and take action.

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anonymous person
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1 year ago (edited)

Climate change is happening, people!!!!!! If we don’t act now to at least greatly reduce the rate at which it’s happening, our future children won’t have a hospitable planet to call home!!

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Kraft believes that in our daily routine, we are “overwhelmed with images and impressions”, which is why we lose the ability to “self-reflect and to see the world from a different point of view.”

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Miklós Nagy
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1 year ago

One has nothing the other has loans.

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varwenea
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1 year ago

Plastic bags, choking the sea life to death, forever changing our ecosystem as we know it, is far scarier than a mere shark.

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Romana Pfeifer
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1 year ago

I love this one

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“Of course, I also produce images, but it's the kind of communication most people understand quickly,” he admitted. “My goal is to surprise the viewer with simple ideas that they may not have thought about and which make them think, and make them discuss them with others.”

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Sherri Steinert-Brown
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1 year ago

This is so on track with what you see . I live in a small town in Montana but travel to Seattle WA every EASTER for cosplay convention . while I was there people and I am talking about the majority of people were walking around just like this illustration they didn't even look up when they were crossing the crosswalk in front of traffic. I guess they assume all drivers follow the rules.plus I am originally from the south and so I say hi to everyone not one person looked up or said hi back wait one person did but they looked at me like I was speaking a foreign language . This is who we now are in this world and it worries me when I think of my grandkids being taught or just shown that this is correct it is not. Our first language is talking to one another lets keep this new generation on the right path .

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

I wish there was an easy way for lonely people in the same area to meet up! However, a lot of people are too ashamed to admit that they're lonely

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queen...<3
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1 year ago (edited)

Just because you aren't vegan doesn't mean that you hate animals.

Aly W
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1 year ago

Yeah but isn't the point of this to show how bizarre it is that someone is thinking they love animals whilst knawing away the bone of something they claim to 'love'?

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Lauren Baker
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1 year ago

I'm a vegetarian and to everyone saying that eating meat doesn't mean you hate animals, I agree. Just treat them humanely and don't eat SO much meat that it affects our climate.

Slinkman
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1 year ago

You're an example for other vegans who are forcing their lifestyle on others. Thx for not being short minded :)

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Live Era Nemow
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1 year ago

People are getting defensive over eating meat. Honestly, I know it's hard to give up eating meat, but it's something humans need to work on doing. We don't need meat. It's not important to eat meat to stay healthy. We can get whatever we need from plants only. So many animals suffer so you can have a "tasty meal". It's very depressing. I understand in some places, being a vegan can be more expensive, but that's something we also need to work on.

The Random Merp
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1 year ago

I agree, but I think that we should work more on changing the views of society as a whole than changing individuals.

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Claire
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1 year ago

I think that this is saying that if you aren't vegan you can't say you love animals because you are responsible for the abuse and death of many animals that you supposedly love. It's like saying that you love dogs while going to the Yulin festival. People who eat animals love dogs and cats and other pets, but they don't love all animals.

suckmyloli f
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1 year ago

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And you know this because you've asked everyone

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John Aston
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1 year ago

You missed the point. If a person truly loves animals, that person doesn't exploit, consume, or abuse animals. That's the way love works. If you love children, you don't sell them into slavery. If you love nature, you don't start forest fires and dump chemicals in lakes. If you love animals, you don't eat them. This is elementary ethics.

Claire
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1 year ago

Exactly! You-cant-l...bee317.jpg You-cant-love-animals-and-eat-them-5d72cfdbee317.jpg

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Tiffany Marie
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1 year ago (edited)

I think its sad all the food tossed. How much meat is throw away on a daily basis. If its not ate... Its going in the trash anyways. How much "meat" is thrown away? Jails, hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, stores & home. Each day. If someone gave me meat, I'd eat it... Better then it 100% being killed then trashed.

Slime
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1 year ago

People in this comment section are honestly calling vegans hypocrites for killing bugs. As if it's the same as killing pigs or cows or chickens. That's sad. Bugs don't actually give a crap if they die. Sure they try to defend themselves when attacked, but that's just natural selection and evolution. Bugs are stupid and aren't even aware that they are alive. They don't even feel pain like we do. They don't suffer. Are you people aware of just how badly cows, pigs, chickens are treated? They are all kept in pens so small that they can't even turn around. They never get to see the sun. They are suffering. And the poor chickens. They are kept so close together that they get agitated and start pecking each other to death. So people cut off their claws and beaks to prevent that. And no humans don't need meat as part of our diet. That's bullshit that you people keep spreading so that you don't feel as bad about what you're doing to those poor animals.

Slime
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1 year ago

And free range farms are also bullshit. Yes they are better for the animals, but still aren't perfect. Meat production uses up a LOT of our resources. Especially free range farms which use a lot more resources. Meat production is one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) contributor to global warming. Meat production is killing this planet. We can survive without meat. People claim that we can't get the protein we need from plants, but that is a lie. We can get just as much and sometimes even more protein from plants. Not to mention plant proteins are better for you than animal proteins. There is little to no reason why humans should still be eating animals. I'm not saying that meat eaters are bad people. I'm just saying that we need to work together to end all this pointless suffering.

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Karen Loveless
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1 year ago

It is showing how hypocritical most people are when they say they live animals as they are woofing down a burger. Most don't love animals. They love pets. Dogs are food in parts of China, etc., but not here. If you truly love animals a dog is a pig is a snake or bug!

This Lil Raccoon
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1 year ago

I love all animals, including pigs, snakes, and bugs, and guess what? I still eat meat.

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Mia Cardenas
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1 year ago

hypocrisy. they like the cute and cuddly ones. They like "pets" not animals

Margaret Althea Elvenshadow
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1 year ago

Exactly!!

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Mia Cardenas
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1 year ago

Perfect example of speciesism. You cannot love one but eat another

Jace
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1 year ago

And the thread with the most comments goes to the one that triggers meat eaters into being defensive and hating on vegans for “moral arrogance”...

The Random Merp
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1 year ago

Dude, you're not 'triggering' meat eaters. We just have a different opinion than you do, deal with it. Morals are different, I get it, but that's no reason to start arguing and shaming others.

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Viviane Katz
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1 year ago

I have a friend who posts cute pictures and videos of animals, including cows and chickens. A few posts later, she'll mention a meat dish, very likely from a factory-farmed animal. There's a disconnect to me, unlike with people who make a real effort to be ethical with eating meat, such as eating free-range animals, hunting for food, or reducing meat consumption.

Marshk
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1 year ago

I agree! I'm vegan but my boyfriends family has a small farm with beef cows and hunts for meat. It's all very ethical. The cows have a lovely life in wide open land. I think if you really love animals you can eat them but you'd want them to have the best life before you do so. Meanwhile most people who claim to love animals support factory farming where cows live in their own filth and have no access to fresh grass. If you love something you should appreciate it and supporting unethical farming is not a way to appreciate something you claim to love

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Jo Choto
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1 year ago

It does baffle me how someone says they love animals when they eat dead ones though!

James Thompson
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1 year ago

One loves the taste of animals, the other loves their faces. Get it?

Moglin Sin
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1 year ago

Remember that art is your interpretation. The meat eater can love animals. Doesnt just mean he loves eating them.

Gaws13
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1 year ago (edited)

Vegan: Animals have feelings too! Meatlover: Yeah, this one feels crispy. (Don't downvote me, just quoting a vine)

Hallie
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1 year ago

You can't love animals and eat them. You can admire or like, but you cannot love something that you pay for someone to kill for you. Unless you're a literal psychopath of course. People are so damn touchy over the taste of animals, very weird.

Holly Havis
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1 year ago

It's a fad to hate vegans now because of the myth that they proselytize. If fact, vegans are quiet and don't give a damn what you eat. Meat eaters hate them because they force them to face their own hypocrisy: the fact that they are causing the death of and eating something they love, a mental contradiction that causes self-denigration.

Leonardo Ochoa
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1 year ago

Just keep commenting Just keep commenting

JD Higginson
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1 year ago

I am not trying to fight anyone on this but I'm pretty sure the Artist is Vegan otherwise why would this person have bothered making this?? It's suppose to be ironic

moist.
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1 year ago

Just because im not vegan doesn't mean I dont like animals I'd never go hunting and would never eat something like a fox

Martha Meyer
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1 year ago

Hunting and eating an animal would be nicer than consuming an animal that was factory farmed.

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Nuclear Paradox
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10 months ago

And I bet these same vegans in the comment section would go into screaming hysterics at the first sight of a bug, snake, mouse, ect. "Kill it! Get it away from me, it's gross!"

Ayasophya Alturas
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1 year ago

i am the vegan. literally everyone else in my family is the dude w/ chicken

Alex Call
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1 year ago

I love eating meat, but I have limits. I love eating chicken, beef, and pork, and I'd love to try snakes. But I draw the line at veal and gorilla meat because of the extreme 11/10 inhumanity involved.

Christine Melanson
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1 year ago

Perfect!

jorge
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1 year ago

Simple, beautiful image. Interesting on several levels - as only an image can be! Stereotype: Man meat-eater; woman eats healthily. (I am a vegan man) Assumption: If you eat meat you can't love animals. "Love" means... what? We can have a deep discussion about "loving" animals. What does this have to do with climate change? Are these people friends? Why does one have "VEGAN" lettered on shirt? Oh, oh . . . both are right-handed I'm sure other observations and subjects of interest can arise as we contemplate this image.

This Lil Raccoon
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1 year ago

You know what? I was gonna post my opinion but I decided it wasn't worth getting into an online argument over something that could be solved by people not being all up in others businesses

Suzanne Clark
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1 year ago

They both are honest, the one loves animal and so does not eat them; the other loves animals to eat.

Something
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1 year ago

I love some animals, not others. If you say "I love humans", should I call you a hypocrite because you shouldn't love terrorists?

Jace
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1 year ago

If you loved humanity enough, maybe you’d take appropriate action to stop your civilization from continuing to create monsters, rather than throwing up your hands and excusing it with “well, I guess some people are just born bad”. No one is born a monster.

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Jadzia Lawn
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1 year ago

✋👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

PieFace
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1 year ago

So meat eaters cant love animals, that means vegans cant love the planet... they dont eat anything to do with animals... we need to eat the honey bee's make, if it wasnt for bees we would be dying out by nos, we need water.. but the countries growing the avocados , almonds etc are using more water than necessary and mostly in countries which suffer from droughts already. So really, we are bad people and we can all eat whatever the f*ck we want and enjoy 😁😁 P.s Alot of these vegans preaching also still wear real leather so contradicts their whole point hahahaha

littlesaresare
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1 year ago

Literally everything you said is wrong. We need bees, but we don't *need* to eat their honey (how do you think bees survived before us?). Avocados and almonds require less water than meat production. Vegans don't wear leather - that's literally part of the definition.

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Hugo Raible
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1 year ago

PETA - People Eating Tasty Animals

Sterling Malory Archer
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1 year ago

Ya, sorry, being an animal lover and eating meat is not hypocritical. Nice try though to the artist

Daniel Lewis
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1 year ago

PETA: People Eating Tasty Animals

Unicornstar
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1 year ago

I love animals more than anything but I also eat meat. Don't forget animals and birds eat other animals and birds.

Gaurav Beck
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1 year ago

You love your girlfriend nd your sister why not fuck them both, hypocrite

Camil Gagnon
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1 year ago

Classic vegan black and white thinking. You can love SOME animals, not give about SOME others and eat them at the same time, in the same way universal love among humans does not exist.

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1 year ago

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Shireen
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1 year ago

BS!

Patrick James
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1 year ago

You ever see the bear with the pet cat? The bear loves that cat and makes a conscious decision to shelter it and keep it as a companion. But the bear doesn't give up eating fish. What about apex predators with human companions? Just because a lion has a human he decides not to eat doesn't mean he gives up meat. We can be compassionate animals without becoming herbivores. We can respect animals while also using them as a food source.

Jace
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1 year ago

It’s still selective empathy. Humans are capable of FAR MORE self-determination than a bear or lion. Why should we not exercise that capability? A lion is an obligate carnivore. A human is not.

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It's a fact of nature. Humans are omnivores. If we had never started to cook and eat animal protein, our brains would not have developed into what it did.

Vitor Hugo Rios
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1 year ago

I guess lions must be the most intelligent creatures in the world..

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Some vegans don't even love animals, they are vegans to feel morally superior to others. Case in point, vegans who feed their dogs and cats vegan food. If they really loved animals, they would not be slowly starving their pets to death.

Jace
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1 year ago

Those are arrogant and ignorant people hurting their pets, NOT some example of how vegans think. I’m a vegan. I would never force my obligate carnivore cats to be vegan or vegetarian.

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Doctor Strange
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Meat eating isn't bad

Claire
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1 year ago

Killing isn't bad, right?

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Megaman Icarus
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I can like animals and eat meat. Yes, it's unfortunate that animals are treated poorly in factories, but that's not gonna stop me or the majority of Earth to stop eating meat.

Ben Smith
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Why is this a “problem.” There’s nothing wrong with this

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I love my cat, I loved the dogs, rats, hens, snakes and all the other animals I've shared my life and home with. I also eat sausages and burgers. Vegans, do you realise how many small animals and insects are killed when the farmers prepare the fields for your food crops? They literally get chopped up alive by the plough. Their sweet little nests full of their babies get churned into mush so you can have your 'vegan' whatever it is, so don't play it all high and mighty over the rest of us.

Claire
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1 year ago

It is true that you can't live without hurting some animal and I hate that. Do you realize that by eating cows and other large animals that eat far more plants than a vegan will, you are actually killing more of those small animals too? Their sweet little nests of babies get turned into mush so you can feed it to a baby cow until he is big enough to have his throat slit and his flesh chopped up into neat, clean packages so you can have your 'animal flesh/food' or whatever it is, so don't play it all high and mighty over vegans.

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I love chicken. Fried chicken.

Tina Hugh
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I didn’t notice the gender stereotyping at first and thought it was thought provoking since I’m an ethical carnivore who loves animals. The gender stereotyping somehow makes it a little snarky.

Mia Cardenas
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1 year ago

Ethical carnivore is an oxymoron. Their is no humane way to kill someone that does not want to die

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Éva Nemes
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1 year ago

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I love animals, but i eat meal. Na, and?

Daniel Lewis
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I love animals. They are delicious.

Gerry Higgins
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I love animals, too. I love them right next to my mashed potatoes.

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I love animals like the guy does.

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Iconeo got a degree in Communication Design in Germany and founded an advertising agency. He admitted to Bored Panda that at that point he was “far away from being an artist” and also didn’t want to be one.

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

It's really sad how some people base their self worth on how many likes they receive

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varwenea
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1 year ago

NO!!!!!!!!

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RacconLifeGirlie
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1 year ago

me trying to find the right angle to watch netflix in the middle of the night

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“I liked to work for clients and create ideas to sell products. It was an important time for me, but after 8 years, I left the agency. Since then, I explored the art part inside of me. And it's a funny journey, not a straight path. I still do graphic design, logo design, poster design for clients, but more the artsy way with my style, not the advertising way with trendy images.”

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Tiffany Marie
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1 year ago

Who knows maybe that will be the rest of the world one day? Be like either Mad Max or Waterworld?

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anonymous person
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1 year ago

So sad but accurate. Humans are such destructive creatures.

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Daniel Lewis
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1 year ago

Fire is actually an essential tool in the management and preservation of forests. The reason there are huge devastating forest fires is because humans always try to extinguish natural forest fires. This action allows for the accumulation of burnable materials. Sadly ironic, isn't it? In trying to prevent destructive forest fires, humans actually create them.

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Kraft had some advice for all the new, veteran, successful and struggling artists out there: “Being an artist means having good times and having bad times, especially in the beginning. Be patient when you are uninspired or when you feel misunderstood. You are on the right path, as long as you are engaged in doing what you find interesting. And don't forget to relax. I get the best ideas when I'm relaxed and out of my office.”

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Daria Z
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1 year ago

So is reading books *sigh*

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Kaisu
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1 year ago

Don't assume you know how someone else feels until you ask. However, also don't kiss someone unless you have their consent

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Layla Cecil
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1 year ago

The vast majority of plastic comes from just a few rivers in China and India. They don't have trash pickup there, so people just toss all of their garbage into these rivers, which then feed into the ocean. Short of helping those countries with their waste disposal, the oceans will continue to fill with plastic.

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Finally, Kraft told Bored Panda about his future plans. “I want to do a book for children, but as with every new thing, this is hard in the beginning. And I'm trying to learn AR-stuff to explore new ways of showing my art.”

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Shika Louis
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1 year ago

Even the turtles can't keep all the waste we leave... It's sad that turtles have to clean another species' mess

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Mieke Sorée
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1 year ago

Took me a while to see it.

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boredpanDaman
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1 year ago

powerful!

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