From a young age, each and every one of us was taught how the world works — or, more accurately, how it should run, according to a handful of powerful individuals who control the majority of the world’s wealth. Not until we matured and were able to perceive the world as it is, did some of us realize that it is, in fact, incredibly flawed. The “system” we are a part of, regardless of geographical location, is as jumbled and imperfect as those who attempt to influence it.

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Unfortunately, the majority of the populace is blind to this reality. They live their lives baking on false security which has been sold to them in the form of college debt, a mortgage, and a 9-5 job they hate.

Life on this planet does not have to be so dismal. But, until the mass populace “wakes up,”  overcomes prejudice, and demands change, nothing will. This truth can be hard to stomach which is why sometimes, it is helpful to reflect on bitter truths that afford some humor. Artwork by Italian illustrator Marco Melgrati allows us to do just that.

Melgrati’s illustrations are both layered with meaning and straightforward. For instance, one image shows a depressed individual painting a happy portrait of herself on social media. Another illustration shows a politician addressing the public; his shadow reveals his true character, however.

Melgrati wrote on Bored Panda:

I’m an Italian freelance illustrator, at the moment living in Mexico City. I work with magazines by mail, mostly for USA, Italia, and Mexico. I work in mixed media traditional plus digital program.”

Perhaps through art, the populace will be alerted to happenings which, more often than not, are suppressed. 

Following are 25+ cynical illustrations that will make you see the world differently:

#1 Shadow Games

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#2 The Answer

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#3 The Magic Carpet

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#4 Beautiful Life On Social Media

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#5 The Price Isn’t Right

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#6 Abstract?

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#7 Very Open Profiles

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#8 Sexual Harassment And Revelations

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#9 Social Media Confessions

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#10 Body Dysmorphic Disorder

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#11 Political Corruption

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#12 Ego

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#13 In Gun We Trust

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#14 The Hashtag Net

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#15 Cosmic Love

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#16 The Hunter

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#17 The Zoo

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#18 Banned From Literacy

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#19 Choose The True Enemy

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#20 Aim High

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#21 Free Inside

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#22 Socrates: the Doubt Maker

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#23 Ego

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#24 Confuse Your Enemy

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#25 Writing Therapy

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#26 Real Touch

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#27 Is Capitalism Inherently Evil?

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#28 Bitcoin Mania

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#29 Appear Strong When You Are Weak And Weak When You Are Strong

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#30 Grow Fast

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