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These 20 Sarcastic Pictures Will Make You Rethink The Way We Live

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These 20 Sarcastic Pictures Will Make You Rethink The Way We Live

Chances are you may have seen some of John Holcroft’s work before, as many of his thought-provoking illustrations have gone viral in the past. “My self-promotional work gives me a chance to experiment with my style and poke fun at various aspects of modern life and politics,” John has written on his Tumblr. Check out some of his work below and let us know – which of these wonderfully clever and sarcastic pictures do you find the most appealing or accurate?

1. Happiness Kit

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    Is there anything extra you’d place in your happiness kit?

    2. Fast Food Again And Again

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      A big mac takes us minutes to eat but what it leaves in our body may take years to get rid of…

      3. Everything Everywhere

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        It’s super convenient to have everything in one smartphone. But once we lose it we may find it much harder to live. Do you remember any of your loved ones’ phone numbers?

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        4. The True Meaning Of Christmas?

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          Are we celebrating Christmas or consumerism?

          5. Packed Like Sardines

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            Sardines are packed in cans to earn money while we pay to be packed like sardines.

            6. Under The Influence

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              Does alcohol really have such a huge effect on our lives?

              7. Rooted

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                We know watching TV may not be really that funny but it seems that something makes us rooted to the seats. When was the last time you exercised?

                8. Food Inc.

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                  Have you ever grown your own food?

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                  9. Disposable

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                    Are you like anyone else in your workplace and can be disposed of anytime?

                    10. Always Outsourced

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                      Outsourcing is so common now as it can save money. Even workers are detached and are like products which can be sold anytime.

                      11. Feed Your Facebook Ego

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                        Why do you really use Facebook? To communicate with friends? Or to maintain your self-image?

                        12. The Middle Men

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                          Who’s to blame?

                          13. Income Turns Into Waste Immediately

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                            We always spend faster than we earn.

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                            14. Snakes Are Ladders

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                              If there is no snake, is it still a must to climb the ladder?

                              15. Body And Mind Being Separate Entities

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                                Physically we may be trapped but inside our mind we can fly freely. Can both of our bodies and minds be free?

                                16. High Pressure

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                                  Are we put under too much pressure to meet the standards set by society?

                                  17. Apple

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                                    What does an apple signify to you?

                                    18. Rooted Again

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                                      When was the last time you actually played a game with another human in person?

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                                      19. Grow Your Own: Town

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                                        What makes society grow?

                                        20. Working Together

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                                          Do you get on with your colleagues? Many employees no doubt have some sort of friction in the workplace.

                                          Images: John Holcroft

                                          Featured photo credit: John Holcroft via johnholcroft.com

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                                          10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

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                                          10 Proven Ways to Judge a Person’s Character

                                          We all fall into the trap of judging a person’s character by their appearance. How wrong we are! All too often, the real character of the person only appears when some negative event hits them or you. Then you may see a toxic person emerging from the ruins and it is often a shock.

                                          A truly frightening example is revealed in the book by O’Toole in Bowman called Dangerous Instincts: How Gut Instincts Betray Us. A perfectly respectable, charming, well dressed neighbor was found to have installed a torture chamber in his garage where he was systematically abusing kidnapped women. This is an extreme example, but it does show how we can be totally deceived by a person’s physical appearance, manners and behavior.

                                          So, what can you do? You want to be able to assess personal qualities when you come into contact with colleagues, fresh acquaintances and new friends who might even become lifelong partners. You want to know if they are:

                                          • honest
                                          • reliable
                                          • competent
                                          • kind and compassionate
                                          • capable of taking the blame
                                          • able to persevere
                                          • modest and humble
                                          • pacific and can control anger.

                                          The secret is to reserve judgment and take your time. Observe them in certain situations; look at how they react. Listen to them talking, joking, laughing, explaining, complaining, blaming, praising, ranting, and preaching. Only then will you be able to judge their character. This is not foolproof, but if you follow the 10 ways below, you have a pretty good chance of not ending up in an abusive relationship.

                                          1. Is anger a frequent occurrence?

                                          All too often, angry reactions which may seem to be excessive are a sign that there are underlying issues. Do not think that every person who just snaps and throws his/her weight around mentally and physically is just reacting normally. Everyone has an occasional angry outburst when driving or when things go pear-shaped.

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                                          But if this is almost a daily occurrence, then you need to discover why and maybe avoid that person. Too often, anger will escalate to violent and aggressive behavior. You do not want to be near someone who thinks violence can solve personal or global problems.

                                          2. Can you witness acts of kindness?

                                          How often do you see this person being kind and considerate? Do they give money to beggars, donate to charity, do voluntary work or in some simple way show that they are willing to share the planet with about 7 billion other people?

                                          I was shocked when a guest of mine never showed any kindness to the weak and disadvantaged people in our town. She was ostensibly a religious person, but I began to doubt the sincerity of her beliefs.

                                          “The best index to a person’s character is how he treats people who can’t do him any good, and how he treats people who can’t fight back.”

                                          Abigail Van Buren

                                          3. How does this person take the blame?

                                          Maybe you know that s/he is responsible for a screw-up in the office or even in not turning up on time for a date. Look at their reaction. If they start blaming other colleagues or the traffic, well, this is an indication that they are not willing to take responsibility for their mistakes.

                                          4. Don’t use Facebook as an indicator.

                                          You will be relieved to know that graphology (the study of that forgotten skill of handwriting) is no longer considered a reliable test of a person’s character. Neither is Facebook stalking, fortunately. A study showed that Facebook use of foul language, sexual innuendo and gossip were not reliable indicators of a candidate’s character or future performance in the workplace.

                                          5. Read their emails.

                                          Now a much better idea is to read the person’s emails. Studies show that the use of the following can indicate certain personality traits:

                                          • Too many exclamation points may reveal a sunny disposition
                                          • Frequent errors may indicate apathy
                                          • Use of smileys is the only way a person can smile at you
                                          • Use of the third person may reveal a certain formality
                                          • Too many question marks can show anger
                                          • Overuse of capital letters is regarded as shouting. They are a definite no-no in netiquette, yet a surprising number of  people still use them.

                                          6. Watch out for the show offs.

                                          Listen to people as they talk. How often do they mention their achievements, promotions, awards and successes? If this happens a lot, it is a sure indication that this person has an over-inflated view of his/her achievements. They are unlikely to be modest or show humility. What a pity!  Another person to avoid.

                                          7. Look for evidence of perseverance.

                                          A powerful indicator of grit and tenacity is when a person persists and never gives up when they really want to achieve a life goal. Look for evidence of them keeping going in spite of enormous difficulties.

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                                          Great achievements by scientists and inventors all bear the hallmark of perseverance. We only have to think of Einstein, Edison (who failed thousands of times) and Nelson Mandela to get inspiration. The US Department of Education is in no doubt about how grit, tenacity and perseverance will be key success factors for youth in the 21st century.

                                          8. Their empathy score is high.

                                          Listen to how they talk about the less fortunate members of our society such as the poor, immigrants and the disabled. Do you notice that they talk in a compassionate way about these people? The fact that they even mention them is a strong indicator of empathy.

                                          People with zero empathy will never talk about the disadvantaged. They will rarely ask you a question about a difficult time or relationship. They will usually steer the conversation back to themselves. These people have zero empathy and in extreme cases, they are psychopaths who never show any feelings towards their victims.

                                          9. Learn how to be socially interactive.

                                          We are social animals and this is what makes us so uniquely human. If a person is isolated or a loner, this may be a negative indicator of their character. You want to meet a person who knows about trust, honesty and loyalty. The only way to practice these great qualities is to actually interact socially. The great advantage is that you can share problems and celebrate success and joy together.

                                          “One can acquire everything in solitude, except character.”

                                          Stendhal

                                           10. Avoid toxic people.

                                          These people are trying to control others and often are failing to come to terms with their own failures. Typical behavior and conversations may concern:

                                          • Envy or jealousy
                                          • Criticism of partners, colleagues and friends
                                          • Complaining about their own lack of success
                                          • Blaming others for their own bad luck or failure
                                          • Obsession with themselves and their problems

                                          Listen to these people talk and you will quickly discover that you need to avoid them at all costs because their negativity will drag you down. In addition, as much as you would like to help them, you are not qualified to do so.

                                          Now, having looked at some of the best ways to judge a person, what about yourself? How do others see you? Why not take Dr. Phil’s quiz and find out. Can you bear it?

                                          Featured photo credit: Jacek Dylag via unsplash.com

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