Thought Provoking Illustrations That Will Have You Reminiscing About The Good Old Days
Marc Gordon - June 29, 2019

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.

Talented illustrators from around the world have created some of the most thought-provoking art that reflects the reality that has consumed modern society. These images show us the brutal reality of our disconnected, screen-consumed culture.

 

The Backup Plan

 

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The Daily Achievement

 

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The Emotional Expression

 

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The Inner Child

 

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Older generations had the luxury of playing a game of soccer with the neighborhood, catching fireflies under the moonlight, and climbing trees until the sun went down.

 

The Outside World

 

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Social media has become our eyes and ears into the outside world. It’s a contradiction of being more connected in the digital world than ever before in history, and being more disconnected in the real world than ever before in history.

 

 

The Missed Opportunity

 

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The Business Executive

 

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The Average Consumer

 

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In case you haven’t noticed, we are a culture of consumption. This is both caused by, and a result of, an increasingly dependent society that values tangible things over intangible.

 

The Comments Section

 

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You can express your opinion, but only if the other 2 billion Facebook users agree with you. Otherwise, you better keep your opinions to yourself, unless of course, you have a thing for trolls.

 

 

The Walking Dead

 

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Is the zombie apocalypse already here?