These Brutally Honest Illustrations Reveal What's Wrong With Today's Society

1. 'Door Woman'

John Holcroft has a lot to say about today's society. Rather than penning essays to announce his dissatisfaction, he creates illustrations that convey his sense of alienation and disappointment in the world today. They are powerful, to the point and brutally honest.

 
 
1. 'Door Woman'

2. 'Justice Maze'

They say "Justice is blind." If you've been keeping up with the news, you know that's not true. Those in power are able to keep getting away with terrible acts, while those at the bottom have to jump through mountains of hoops to even get a glimmer of hope that justice may work for them.

 
 
2. 'Justice Maze'

3. 'Vine Girl'

This image is all too common and unfortunately relatable. We live in an amazing time to be alive, but we're all glued to our spot, staring at our phones. If we're not careful, life will pass us by as our heads are pointing down.

 
 
3. 'Vine Girl'

4. 'Twitter Drip'

A large part of our addiction to our phones is social media. It's a strange time where we're simultaneously more and less disconnected from our friends than ever. And while we scroll away on Facebook and Twitter, they're amassing information on us.

 
 
4. 'Twitter Drip'

5. 'Troll'

With the rise of online activity came the birth of the online trolls. While some of them can be hilarious, the vast majority are needlessly cruel. Always remember when encountering one to not feed it, as they are shadow dwellers with nothing better going on in their lives than this sad sport.

 
 
5. 'Troll'

6. 'Shout'

Thanks to social media, everyone has a voice. Unfortunately, now that everyone has a voice, it feels like your voice isn't heard. It's easy to feel insignificant among all the clatter that has filled our everyday lives.

 
 
6. 'Shout'

7. 'Man Trap'

Finding love in this day and age is equally complex. Thanks to online dating, you'd think it'd be easier than ever. But again, so many choices can lead to many bad decisions, and we're all guarding our hearts a little more ferociously than we used to as a result.

 
 
7. 'Man Trap'

8. 'Ladder $'

Our society is driven by money. It's an endless climb to amass more of it. As you can represented see here, that climb doesn't lead anywhere. Happiness comes from within, not from what you surround yourself with.

 
 
8. 'Ladder $'

9. 'Ladder Snakes'

Similarly, this image shows the danger of climbing such corporate ladders. It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't scenario. You must climb to avoid the dangers of being at the bottom, but the climb itself isn't as fulfilling as it is mandatory.

 
 
9. 'Ladder Snakes'

10. 'Bellows'

Then, there are those at the top of this ladder. They keep themselves suspended with money. They never have enough, and must get more and more to ensure they never fall down.

 
 
10. 'Bellows'

11. 'Matches'

To get this money, they use us. The workforce these days is more expendable than ever. Unpaid internships and high turnover rates litter the job market, keeping us down while keeping those at the top firmly in place.

 
 
11. 'Matches'

12. 'Face Changer'

And how do we react to all of this? By trudging forward, putting on whatever mask we need in each situation, just to get through it. "As long as we're moving, we're winning," we tell ourselves. Busyness has become our new status symbol, which is bad news.

 
 
12. 'Face Changer'

13. 'Sick Kid'

This nonstop work-centric lifestyle has been drilled into us since we were kids. Children are asked to grow up faster and faster now, being given less time to just enjoy their youth. The creeping specter of age and death lingers over us always, and we're not taking any time to enjoy the present before rushing into the future.

 
 
13. 'Sick Kid'

14. 'Coin Dr.'

This lifestyle is enough to make you sick. Unfortunately, the medical field isn't as altruistic as you'd like it to be. While slaving to make money, you make yourself sick and need doctors, who will only help if you have even more money, which makes you even more sick. It's a terrible, endless cycle.

 
 
14. 'Coin Dr.'

15. 'Walking Brain'

These harsh truths are enough to make you want to shut down mentally. If you want more brutal images, check out Holcroft's other works. If you need a break, here are several puppies.

 
 
15. 'Walking Brain'