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The World Wants to Be Fooled · Original Short Story ·
Organised by RogerDodger
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A Flock, Anthropomorphed
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#1 · 1
This one's a collage. I can find the source for the quote but don't quite know what to make of it here. We have sheep and what appears to be a cell/radio tower, so I gather that the theme is of being led astray from the good and spiritual by the flood of earthly information, but that's just a guess. Points for the most abstruse work in this round, artist!
#2 · 1
This is esoteric in a good way. Yet this fits the prompts well with the sheep, the communication tower and the somewhat occult quote.

8:34 - Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin."

This is feeling I get from this pic.
#3 · 1
Mousing over the pic with my cursor: "If you knew what was ahead of you, you'd be glad to be stepping over tonight."
After the contest I going to ask what this means.
#4 · 2
· · >>Griseus
Given Grey's source of the quote, I did some further digging and found out that this was written up by none other than Charles T. Russel himself, founder of the Jehovah's Witnesses. This would only reinforce this pic's spin on "The World Wants to be Fooled" by way of religion and/or cults.

Also, maybe I'm being way too cheeky with OP for this, but I can't help but find the juxtaposition of sheep and cell towers a bit funny because it reminds me of the 5G tower craze a few years back. You can reasonably apply the prompt to either the conspiracy theorists themselves in the eyes of the world or the rest of the world in the eyes of the conspiracy theorists.

And no doubt, the idea of sheeple slots into the prompt perfectly.
#5 ·
· · >>Comma Typer
>>Comma Typer Contest over. What does this mean?
"If you knew what was ahead of you, you'd be glad to be stepping over tonight."
#6 · 1
In keeping with the cultic spin on the prompt, the quote is from Jim Jones right before the Jonestown Massacre, specifically in the context of convincing his people why they should poison and kill themselves.
#7 ·
Oh dear.