Cartoon about contentment and expectation. “There must be more to life than this”

hang glider- must be more to life than this - cartoon

Happiness cartoon or contentment cartoon.

Happiness cartoon – some people are never happy.
Cartoon showing a person flying in a hang glider, which is a form of high octane, high stimulation extreme sport, thinking “There must be more to life than this”.

Happiness cartoon.
The cartoon illustrated people’s innate sense of discontentment (which is one of the reasons why people are so achievement orientated, so it’s not necessarily a bad thing – or is it?).
A cartoon about people’s expectations of happiness, the elusiveness of happiness, the search for happiness, the pursuit of happiness, thwarted expectations, motivation.

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Absurdist religion cartoon. Jesus knocking on the door of an atheist

jesus at door of atheist

Religion cartoon – Jesus knocking at the door of an atheist, trying to convert him to Christianity.

Cartoon showing an atheist answering the door and finding that the person there is who is trying to convert him to religion is Jesus.

By the way, I have no religious convictions myself – I’m very much an atheist.
This cartoon is partly funny because it’s meant to some extent to be a ‘nonsense’ joke or absurdist concept.
On a more serious side, the cartoon also shows that everyone is capable of intransigence in the face of evidence (and atheists such as myself are often thought to be rather self satisfied by our level of rationality).
A cartoon about atheism, rationalism, evangelism, religious conversion, belief, denial, philosophy, philosophical or religious conviction, absurdism.
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Religion cartoon. Do religious people see the universe as a “God shaped whole”?

god shaped whole cartoon

Religion cartoon, showing two bishops talking. One is saying that he thinks of the universe as a “god shaped whole” (a word play on the usual expression, God shaped hole.

Cartoon showing a bishop saying that he thinks of the universe as a “God shaped whole”.
This is a pun on the usual saying that people feel a “God shaped hole”.

By the way, I have no religious convictions myself. I’m very much an atheist. This cartoon is meant as an illustration of how people with a strong religious faith think, not how I think.
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Roy Lichtenstein cartoon parody on the search for meaning to life

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A cartoon parody of a Roy Lichtenstein painting.

Roy Lichtenstein’s art lends itself very well to parody and spoof in cartoons, not least because the paintings themselves are often almost direct copies of images lifted from the pages of comic books.

A Roy Lichtenstein style parody illustration on the subject of the meaning of life, the search for meaning, philosophy, existentialism, existentialist angst, what’s the meaning of life?.
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Cartoon. Western businessman seeking the meaning of life (in half an hour)

Meaning of life cartoon important meeting

Cartoon depicting a western businessman visiting an eastern guru to try to find the meaning of life. He wants the answer quickly, because he is very busy and is short of time.

This is possibly a cartoon criticising the emptiness of western capitalist consumerist society. Having said that, I’m not a follower of eastern (or any other) mystical or spiritual societies either!

The humour in the cartoon is related to the fact that the businessman expects the answer to his difficult question in a very short time – possibly because the businessman is used to his minions and advisors giving him information in bite-sized chunks and in over-simplified and un-nuanced form.
It is a cartoon about the materially rich, time-poor nature of modern capitalist society, and about the expectation that life should be easy, with any answers instantly available.
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Cartoon showing a procession of people following each other in a circle

cartoon following each other in circle

Cartoon showing a procession of people following each other in a circle.

A cartoon that is possibly about lack of leadership and lack of direction within groups, or on a larger social scale possibly about inward looking insular societies, restrictive religious, social or cultural traditions that stifle thought and progress.

A cartoon about leadership, followers, leaders, following like sheep, insularity, conservatism, orthodoxy, narrow mindedness.

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Obituary cartoon. Combative atheist Christopher Hitchens dies

atheist-in-heaven-christopher-hitchens-dies cartoon

This is a reworking of a popular cartoon of mine on the subject of atheism to mark the death of Christopher Hitchens, polemicist, contrarian, combative atheist.

In case there’s any doubt, I’m an atheist myself. This is a joke – it does not indicate that I believe in Heaven.
Any pro-Heaven websites or publications that use this cartoon without permission will be chased up and their owners will be asked to pay. Oh, and they’ll be condemned to eternal damnation for cheating. I only mention this because it happens too frequently for my liking.
Pro-religion websites and publications are more than welcome to use the cartoon as long as they seek permission and pay for the cartoon license, as I actually find religion very interesting but just don’t happen to believe in its tenets.

Obituary cartoon for Christopher Hitchens, author of God is Not Great and many other diatribes against religion.

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Philosophy and psychology illustration. Man burdened by questions

Illustration. Man dragging question mark, burdened by questions

Philosophy cartoon or illustration
A man carrying a huge question mark, burdened by questions

A cartoon showing a man struggling to carry a huge, cumbersome question mark on his back. The dot of the question mark is a ball and chain attached to his ankle.
This is a cartoon about the burden that some people feel concerning questions about life, death, morality, existence, purpose, religion, spirituality, the meaning of life and so on

The fact that most of these questions are unanswerable can be something of a burden to some people depending on their psychological makeup.
Socrates said “The unexamined life is not worth living.”
This illustration suggests that it’s possible to overdo the questioning.
The burden of some questions are possibly a reason that some people turn to religion for answers, as religions claim to be able to answer the unanswerable questions

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Theatre cartoon: a modern dress re-enactment of the crucifixion

Easter cartoon: a modern dress re-enactment of the crucifixion

Theatre cartoon: a modern dress re-enactment of the crucifixion

A cartoon showing the passion of Christ set in modern dress. A comment on the fashion for updating historical works in order to make them supposedly more relevant.
A cartoon about theatrical productions of historical works of theatre set in modern day, contemporary costume

A cartoon about Easter, updating religion, the modern world, theater, accessibility, historical context, inappropriate dress

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The search for happiness – cartoon

Psychology cartoon. Search for meaning and fulfilment in life

Cartoon – searching for happiness
The pursuit of happiness cartoon

A cartoon showing a person walking along a road in a quest to seek happiness. He is asking a person who lives alongside the road if he will find happiness and fulfilment along this route, as that is what he is seeking.
The local man says that he thinks that the traveller has passed the place he is looking for back along the route he has already taken (without noticing it)

A cartoon about expectations, contentment, never being happy, happiness always just out of reach, seekers after meaning, the meaning of life, grass is greener on the other side of the hill

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We are stardust – cartoon. Everything is made of stardust

Cartoon. Everything is made of star dust

Stardust cartoon
We are stardust – everything is stardust

An illustration of the idea that we are made of stardust. This is a nice idea, but the problem is that it’s more mundane than it sounds, as everything is made of stardust, including unpleasant things.
It’s a phrase that is given spiritual and pseudo-spiritual layers of meaning, but it is in fact just a statement of fact about the general nature, construction and evolution of the universe.
The fact that it’s just a fact doesn’t actually make it less that incredible though. It’s just that everything is incredible about the universe, even without pseudo-spiritual overtones

The phrase “We are stardust” first gained popularity in the song by Joni Mitchell. It is popular again now because it is used by scientists such as professor Brian Cox (who is the scientific equivalent of a pop star)

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Happiness illustration – the thought processes of an optimist

Illustration - happiness

Psychology cartoon
How to be happy

A cartoon showing happiness. A person thinking happy thoughts that are acting like an umbrella to keep rain off, or as a buffer against the unpleasant side of experience

Psychology cartoon about mental states, mindsets, positive thoughts, positive thought processes, optimism, glass half full, how to be happy, positive energy, cheery, therapy, cbt, cognitive behavioural therapy, smile, smiling

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Psychology cartoon. The thought patterns of an optimist

Illustration. How optimism works

Psychology illustrations. The mind set of an optimist.

Psychology cartoons – a cartoon showing how optimism works. Showing a person thinking optimistic thoughts that are acting like an umbrella to keep rain off.

Psychology cartoon about mental states, mindsets, positive thoughts, positive thought processes, happiness, glass half full, how to be happy, positive energy, cheery, therapy, cbt, cognitive behavioural therapy, smile, incurable optimist, projection.

See also the accompanying illustration about pessimism.

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Contemporary illustration. A man with a stylised fish as an eye

Illustration. Man with fish eye

Contemporary illustration
A silhouette of a man with a stylised fish as an eye

This conceptual illustration may be about the fact that because we are evolved from fish we still see the world through our animal sensibilities.
Or maybe, because the fish eye is similar to the fish symbol used by some Christian groups, is this man looking at the world through the eyes of someone with a religious outlook?
Maybe it’s an illustration about the way that people generally see the world in the way that they want to see it, interpreting it through their own preconceived ideas and prejudices.
To be honest, the image just came to me one day, so the meaning is somewhere in my own subconscious

A cartoon about human evolution, vision, religion, bias, sight, insight, eye sight

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Wind chimes cartoon – church bells cartoon

Wind chimes cartoon. A church with wind chimes in the steeple instead of bells

Wind chimes cartoon
Church bells cartoon
Trendy vicars cartoon

A church with a very trendy or alternative minister or vicar who has installed wind chimes in the church’s steeple instead of bells

A cartoon about religion, religious traditions, alternative spirituality

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Bible cartoon. The Ten Commandments on digital tablets

Ten commandments cartoon: the commandments on iPad type tablets

Bible Cartoon
Ten commandments cartoon

The Ten Commandments on stone tablets with self-righting text
(just like modern digital tablets such as the iPad and other digital devices)
A Biblical cartoon showing Moses descending from Mount Sinai with the stone tablets containing the Ten Commandments.
Moses pointing out that the text on the tablets rotates to be self-righting when the tablets are turned. This is even though the tablets are stone tablets and not modern digital tablets such as the iPad. It’s obviously a miracle because it defies the laws of physics.
“Truly the work of God!”

A cartoon about computers, iPads, iPad, digital tablets, miracles, the bible, religion, religious myths, tablets of stone.

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Philosophy cartoon. Which is more interesting – the night sky or a night on television?

Philosophy cartoon. Someone staring at the night sky and finding it boring when compared to television

Philosophy cartoon
Is outer space boring or awe inspiring?

Someone staring at the night sky and finding it boring when compared to a night’s television viewing (or other digital entertainment)

A cartoon about our perception of our place in the universe, spirituality, awe, world views, spiritual perspectives, existentialism

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Galileo cartoon. Galileo discussing his telescope’s discoveries with the Pope

Galileo carton - discussing his telescope's discoveries with the church

Galileo cartoon
Galileo discussing the discoveries he made with his telescope with the church

The representative from the church (the Pope?) is thinking of hitting Galileo on the head with his telescope in order to shut him up.
The joke is that Galileo’s telescope made the discoveries and the church wants to use Galileo’s telescope to silence him

A cartoon about anti-scientific religious thinking, suppression of knowledge, fundamentalism, religion, doctrine, the Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems, Galileo Galilei, pope Urban VIII
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Atheism cartoon – an atheist at the gates of heaven

 atheist cartoon - at the gates of heaven

Atheism cartoon
An atheist at the pearly gates

Where do atheists go when they die?
An atheist dies and finds himself at the gates of heaven. He is saying “I don’t believe it!”

A cartoon about religion, religious belief systems, the pearly gates, St Peter, the afterlife.
(By the way, I’m an atheist myself, in case you thought that this was an anti-atheism joke)

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Mother Nature cartoon. Father Nature cartoon

Mother Nature and Father Nature at work designing animals

Mother Nature cartoon
Father Nature cartoon

Mother Nature and Father Nature designing animals
Mother Nature designs a fluffy bunny while Father Nature designs a vicious crocodile.
A cartoon that touches on the subject of intelligent design, in which the natural world was created by an external metaphysical creator (God). The cartoon shows the anthropomorphic projection by which we make god in our own image. The cartoon is equally a comment on pagan and similar concepts of the nature and creation of the natural world, with concepts such as the nurturing earth goddess

A cartoon about gender differences, creation myths, evolution, sexism, sexual stereotypes, testosterone, masculinity, femininity, nature red in tooth and claw, earth goddesses, mother earth.
The humour is a bit similar to that in some Far Side cartoons by Gary Larson

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Cartoon – in search of paradise by using sat-nav (gps)

A car reaches paradise by using sat-nav (gps)

Cartoon – finding paradise by using sat-nav (satellite navigation or gps)
Gps cartoon

This may be a cartoon about the great promises held out by western technological progress – or possibly the assumption that things are probably too easy to achieve in the modern world and are therefore undervalued

A cartoon about spirituality, religion, consumerism, aspiration, acquisitiveness

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Cartoon. The search for fulfilment and the pursuit of happiness

Search for fulfilment - hang gliding

Cartoon about the search for fulfilment
Cartoon about happiness and aspiration

A person floating above the world in a hang glider, but thinking “There must be more to life than this”

A cartoon about life quests, satisfaction, contentment, boredom, never being satisfied, acquisitiveness, material wellbeing, spiritual wellbeing, spirituality, dissatisfaction, religion

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Cartoon – seeking the “True Self”

Seeking true self in the mountains

Cartoon – seeking the “True Self”

An idealistic young man on a spiritual quest to find his true self in the mountains of the east
He comes across a version of himself from a few years in the future, dressed as a conservative businessman

This cartoon was drawn in the early 1990s, but is relevant to issues of the 2010s when personal identity politics is very dominant.
A cartoon about spiritual quests, seeking, seekers, eastern enlightenment, mysticism, religion, buddhism, eastern spirituality.

This cartoon was a very popular greetings card published by Paperlink.

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Guru cartoon – Western businessman asking eastern guru what’s the meaning of life

Guru meaning of life cartoon

Spirituality cartoon

An eastern guru being asked what’s the meaning of life by a businessman who’s too busy and distracted to listen to the answer

A cartoon about religion, religious purpose, spiritual quests, seeking meaning, cultural determinism, materialism

This design was published as a greetings card by Paperlink.

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Eastern mysticism cartoon. The rejection of materialism

Guru pronouncing that possessions and money are meaningless.

Eastern guru cartoon
Spirituality cartoon
Religion cartoon

An eastern guru pronouncing that possessions and money are meaningless. A westerner listening to him asking him if he can give him fifty pounds in that case.
The cartoon was published as a greetings card by Paperlink

A cartoon about acquisitiveness, anti-materialism, materialism, spiritual values. devotee, buddhism

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Religion cartoon. Missionaries proselytising and seeking converts

Religion cartoon - evangelists seeking converts

Religious conversion cartoon

A cartoon showing members of a religious group trying to convert people by offering them incentives such as guaranteed everlasting eternal life and the forgiveness of sins.
The missionaries are using the sales methods of door to door salesmen

A cartoon about religious conversion, evangelising, Jehovah’s Witnesses, proselytising, prozelytising, door knocking, converting

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Religion cartoon. Would everlasting life in heaven be an eternity of boredom (i.e. hell)?

Cartoon - Eternal life is so boring it's hell

Cartoon about heaven and hell
Everlasting life as an eternity of boredom – cartoon

A soul in heaven, sitting on a cloud, finding that everlasting life in heaven is so boring that it’s actually hell
I realise that everlasting life in heaven would have no dimension of time, and thus wouldn’t be tedious, but then – why be everlasting if the term has no meaning?

A cartoon about the down side of life after death – eternal tedium, boredom or ennui – possibly it’s a fate worse than death

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Creation myth cartoon. Cavemen debate the nature of the universe

Creation myth cave painting - cartoon

Primitive creation myths cartoon
Prehistoric cave painting cartoon

Cartoon of cavemen debating the nature of the universe.
The birth of religion.

A cartoon about the possibility that people would rather believe what they want to believe rather than what actually is. We all do this. It’s also about the fact that our caveman ancestors were probably more intelligent and aware than is sometimes thought. They had to be to survive, after all
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The Tree Of Knowledge Discovering What Paper is Made From

Cartoon: the tree of knowledge discovering that paper is made from wood

Cartoon: the tree of knowledge reading a book, and discovering that paper is made from trees
A cartoon about the saying ‘ignorance is bliss’

A cartoon about the acquisition of knowledge and its possible unsettling consequences

The cartoon can be interpreted as being about the fact that humans are aware of their own mortality due to their level of awareness
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