This question was posed on Quora, one of my all time favourite websites, where you get to read answers of some really interesting and some really dumb questions. Of course you get to ask you own questions and even answer some or all if you feel up to the challenge.
On thes question “What are some of the most absurd things about modern life?” there are 35 answers (as of this morning), here some of the better answers (according to me):
- 1000+ Facebook Friends, not a single friend to share joy with.
- Invitation through facebook for every occasion and no time to call and invite. (Thousands of friends invited, less than 10 present for the ocassion).
- Parents make us educated and we don’t have time to attend their funeral at the required time (We are busy enough to realize that our parents have become old enough and they need us).
- Work Hard for your kids and suddenly you realize, you kid is no more a kid .
- We are made to believe we need things to be happy. We run after those things and still do not find happiness.
- We earn for our family, but have no time to spend with them.
- We have forgotten to slow down and live life.
- People are forgetting how to cook. I can’t say how many friends I have that eat out at restaurants every night.
- Materialistic things have greater priority than relationships. We seem to know the cost of everything, but the value of nothing.
- We surround ourselves with all the latest gadgets, comforts and facilities thinking that they will keep us happy and yet keep searching for happiness.
- Bragging much about the smart phones we recently brought , 300 contacts , accounts in every social app but when its comes to a need to talk to someone about how life has been lately – none to be found.
- People now believe that showing off and making other people believe that they are happy is a way to convince themselves that they are leading a fruitful life.
- We realize all this at some point in our life, but still make our kids go through the same cycle.
However, this artwork is probably the most precise (and scary) portrayal of modern life. Steve Cutts is a London-based illustrator and animator who uses powerful images to criticize the sad state modern life and society.
Greed, environmental destruction,junk food and TV consumption, smartphone addiction and the exploitation of animals are all issues that have inspired his work.
Cutts worked in the corporate world before choosing to go freelance, and his vitriol for the rat race really shows, especially here…
Cutts used to work at an advertising agency with global brand clients including Coca Cola, Google, Reebok, Magners, Kellogg’s, Virgin, 3, Nokia, Sony, Bacardi and Toyota. It’s no surprise he was left with so many ideas for these thought-provoking images.
His illustrations capture all the stress, despair and frustration of our dog-eat-dog world, one in which we are persuaded to consume sh*t and destroy the planet in order to keep the corporate wheels turning.
It’s true that Cutts’s art is depressing, but only because his images are so close to the truth. Here is a selection of some of his best works:
Arrrgh! It’s Monday again
Jessica and Roger relax at home
Dinner is served…
A bull provides the daily news through a cleverly designed toilet-TV
‘Circle of life’
Just another day in the office…
This image in particular rings true for most of us
A very apt illustration of humanity’s ecocide
Santa’s real workshop
A critique of consumerism
‘The final handshake’, from his short animation ‘MAN’.
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