Friday, October 21, 2011

Week 6 - Artist Unknown

Artist Unknown

"After all of the stories, how weird would it be to discover that the world's worst enemy might look like this?"

In wake of the recent Occupy protests, heightened military activity, and general unrest in the world, I decided to post this picture as my blog entry. I found it while on Tumblr looking at articles about the Occupy Wall Street protests happening in the USA and around the globe. This work, while simple and child-like in appearance, has a powerful message. Throughout history, people have written and fantasized about the destruction of the human race through external means - aliens, robots, zombies, and monsters. Yet only a small amount of people realize that one of the biggest components of human destruction in our world is greed, symbolized by the white male in a business suit. 

People are waking up and realizing that the growing separation of wealth in the world, caused by human greed and want of power, is causing pain and grief to most of the population. A small percent of people own the vast majority of the world's wealth, while millions live below the line of poverty. Most of the richest people in the world are in the banking and business class, which is why the cartoon man is sporting a suit, tie, and briefcase. It's also worth pointing out that our fantasies about human destruction point the finger at other things. Up until recently, people have not been looking inward to solve problems concerning humanity. Luckily there is a general awakening among the masses. People are realizing that if everyone is to survive and lead a happy life with the basic necessities, wealth has to be distributed in a more reasonable manner and people must learn to let go of their wants and desires until the NEEDS of the people are met.

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