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Fletcher Free Library; Burlington, VT

Fletcher Free Library; Burlington, VT

Feb. 18, 2017–March 17, 2017

 

Library patrons were invited to answer to the question "What does it mean to be human?" while visiting the Exploring Human Origins traveling exhibit at the Fletcher Free Library in Burlington, VT.

 

They wrote their answers on sticky notes which are represented here exactly as they were written, without editing of text; any drawings are described in parentheses.

 

Love
Clothest
Understanding
To learn, understand, :)
Trust Truth and Love
Slepp in Beds
Love and Share
Learn and Teach
Live
To pull through hards ships Owen Joylly 3/18/17
Are you sure we are Human? When we evolve from our primitive state and no longer kill other humans over idea's, skin color and endless wards Then and only then will we truly become-human
Community got us here and will keep us here
to evolve
repect culture explore
Joy in learning loving respecting
we are here to love one amother into new beings
to love
To learn how to share and grow, together
make lots of money by exploiting other people
Miraculously delusional
To be intentional (both positively and negatively)
Storytelling and other ingenuities
To feel empathy and have a moral sense of right and wrong
Good! Need chairs! benches for sitting!
Love
happiness
To learn
creativity
to acheive things and grow through understandment
To have a vision of a better future and work to get there :)
Seeking community/social interaction
being happy
gross
to be or not to be
Love baby's
The ability to have thoughts about out thoughts
On first board, cluono should have been from left to right, like homeo-americanus read!
To be both good and bad
to create
to talk to corny
to care for one another and the world we live on
Learning
to be people
to make history
love, happiness, gratefull-ness
to be ignorent
to love deeply
Supreme
cell phones
an animal capable of altering planetarey climate
to make mistakes and persevese
Snapchat
Food
Setting up sustems that may or may not be suited for people they are set up for
Snapchat
Walking upright There are ot bones displayed (words say like you see here)
Complex collsevice learning, economy and abstract thought. maybe belief systems are well
curiosity and the eternal pursuit of magic
to hope
oppurtunity
To see answers to life's persistent questions
STARBUCKS!
Future
The desire for knowledge more than jsut surviving
To Love learning!
To Spread Kindness
The ability to show emotion
To live with the joy of all we learn to coexist and nuture the beauty we co experience and the sadness of all of the desturction and pain we cause oursleves and the planet
NO TRUMP
to ponder one's existence and the true meaning of our conscious reality
To make mistakes
Being Human means you are a being who has forthought of action, future planning and interest, the ability to research and learn from the past, to have compassion, empathy, and kindness for others (not just human), the ability and willingness to care for others, a drive for imporvement of self, others, and all beings, the ability to feel, know, and express regret, the ability and willingness to change out behavior to accomidate livealtering changes, and our curiosity of all subject matters.
Drawing
introspection
to have fun and to SK8!
to do humanly stuff
to think
Why do we still kill each other over skin color and Idea's?
Live Laugh Love
It means a whole lot
Thatthing
I hate all of it!
Swimming
scribbles
To have responsibility
Faith, Responsibilty, Justice, Hope, Heath, Care, Love
to play video games
Happy and Love
The capibility to Love-meala
Family Love friends
Laughter in its most theraputic is to find humor in the ridiculous nature of "us" as humans contradition
Love Kind
Dance
basketball
To share ideas, listen to ideas and to progress
To love people
Love and compassion
Love
heart
Happy and Love
You R 93% gentically to Rhesus monkeys
to live
scribbles
Love
Love people
Maya-age 2
Slapping jacks-axden
I live for food and only food-camden
love
15 ag
sports
A day without laughter is not a good day at all
We can think and feel!
Language
happy Love Kind-Alyss
To make Music
Conscious thought
Share Stories
Love and Creativity
To be Kind
Critical thinking
To be thounclful Thoughtful
We war cloths
To be Alive
To Rememember past Be aware of the Present Prepare for the Dream of the Future
I'm smart we're smart
Free will and the ability to be a good person
to ame the world a better place!
The ability to choose our own paths
I like cat
Sap
Honesty, Bravery, compassion, community, intelligence, and curiosity
study
to be able to communicate, learn and grow from experiences
Love-Jane
To expand knoledge
To get in trouble, to make mistakes
The ability to offer a vareity of answers to questions
Using tools
Knowing what's right from wrong
stories
haveing fun
Hopeful for our future
to feel loved (or feel love 4others)
To feel lonely sometimes
We are smart
Live thoughtfully be sexy smart and generous
the desire to be something/someone else seems ot be a trait that other animals don't have
To leave behind a legacy
to need to remember
yes
to have great sex
culture
go to chruch, to believe in god, to pray
Being a psycopath!
to be nis to pig
going bananan's! Lov
To understand EVERYONE
differnt Personalitys
Feedings
Mating
compassionate, kind, nad intelligent
emotion
language
narwhals
To make the world a better place P.S. spread kindness
To maek mistakes
to love
to be nice
emotions
to be humans means to adapt to your surrondings. And be able to feel emotions
to not look like a homo erectus anymore
Love
Togetherness
Cook food
Have hope
your face
staying together
I can # BeBasicAF
We are all related!
Morality
to trascend the naterial and understand that we are not Llesh
T be happy
haveing pets
Wut in homo Sapien
Connect with others
Memes
Pray
Sex
Helping those in need
To think, process, and analyize anything
The ability to process information on a daily baisis
OR NOT TO BE
To fight for other's survival
you tickle
Tools
you criy
show compassion
singing
cool
Love
Create fire
apesable thumbs changed human history!
Walking
to change
to help others
collective learning
We ask why?
Fight or flight fear
Be you jaylynn
Feeling Thinking Doing connection
Plafol
Standering ugstrate
Saoie
To discover!
Saying hi
to surrender-to let go, and to push harder when needed
To make music
to be able to better the world we live in
speach
to be artistick
empath curiosity joy hope
to be kind to everyone and everything
realtization of immortality
to cuck and have clulos
to make mistakes
Love and Happiness
To think feel explore and love Kiki
Responsibility to the earth and those we share it with
to be yourself ashi
to be capable of love
our art and aspiration of our art
Being Human: sharing emotion, Love and empathy, sharing beauty through different generes . sharing factual belief, aharing to sustain individual and collective memory
Hangin' with family
to be your self
areskul
shopping
drawing
to reason and share!
community + empathy
to feel
to make music
learning complex ideas. simply amazing Thank you
equality
Having fun :)
to learn, discover, grow
being kind fram mazzy
feling lanlly
making things
to learn about ourselves
to just live your life
just another step on our evoluntionary path. Maybe to the end of the path
to have empathy and feeling...if we are lucky to have basic needs met
to have love in your heart
to understand
survival enstinets
I hate all of it!
3 steps forward 2 steps back
to be humen is too eat and kill and start wars
to Dream, to create, to love
to regard nature as "other"
to be unique @madison.smith on instagram
Show up in life with a smile! :)
Taking a dump in the toliet and not the woods
to build civilizations
compasion and creation
to eat sleep and skate
suffering is a life long struggle
soccer is my life-soccer king
slavery
to eat food
Bye Bye!
Ecept Challengs
Humans are the only species that attempts to give meaning to the universe
To go against the path of least resistance
not to commit man slaughter
to respect-alyssa
Walk on 2 legs
To be able to feel and have empath
to be human is to wonder what the stars mean
MWA ha ha!
to be happy! :)
Food
it relates to harambe and Sammus
Love and Friendship
Collaborate
Freedom
to be smart
Justice
I have your own beliefs
to know what life is.
to be happy and play baseball
to learn how to spell
communication in a different way
over watch and football-savage
fun!!
to evolve-> ->
Family-Barsha
We are not "Human" as yet. We are still primitive before being Human!
Knowing is not understanding. understanding is knowing
to be able to see and have cats-ella
Cats!-hazel
more cats!-Hazel
our bones have grown over time! and cats-Sofia
Art!
Thumbs
Jealousy-sasus
Being identified as the specific species
social awareness memory emotion rationality
communicate
To have friends-kathryn
to live, love, and laugh. Lov eyour family while you can!-illy
big penis
to search after meaning
happyness
To feel regret, to make mistakes. to fall in love.
Linguistic Brain
Arbitrary nature of the sign
To be alive! to have responsibility
We known right from Wrong
to die
to have emotions! Zoe
Happyness
Standing upright
It means whatever you live for
I live being a bananna!
Don't worry be happy
To see amazing things
Family and friends
empathy
To be alive
truth
conection and contact
to experience life
Non-extreme mid-ranged susteinable socity. ecotopia
We can create many things that animals aren't capable of.
We eat with are hands. and caring for other's. and also have hope in you and other people
Walk on 2 feet
They play banjos
survive
have food
We talk
be tolerant
I'm glad to be human becuase I can play soccer and do math and be named Simon
have a house
make babies
taking a crap on a toilet
homos cese money
the hard truth
language
to have emotions and to react to emotions
to feel superior to all other species
Marvel at the sunset
lots of language
design vieo games
entertainment
telling stories
poop
I don't know
Being made in God's image
Love-Amelia
compassionate, kind, nad intelligent
celebration
have sex
friends ship xoxo
plant a garden
it means you are human
emotions
emotions
being you
pigs are cool
burritos
big brains
active
to grow
to be together
To have fun more (pigs)
Frienship and (cows)
mason
understanding
to be nice (to pigs)
taking control
Laugher
Humans form reciprocal relationships with people in order to survive. to comunicate, to love, to try to find a reason for existing. to ask questions about where you come from, what you shoudl do while youare hear in this world, to question what happends when you die. To try to explain you realities.
Being the best you can be
Cooking with fire
being sick
intellenge
To dream, to hope, to wonder
agree
pizza and ice cream
to deal with different emotions
we know right from wrong
love
to be happy
the ability to ask questions
empathy
having a good time
thumbs
to be winners
food
monekeys
#AllHailDeborah Yes
Circus
Sharing love.
Thick
Wear glasses
good exhibit! very inteeresting. Thanks you.
Be nice to people.
I like dog
have emotions. Meet your emotions. Live with them. They are difficult to destory, if not impossible; arguable they are a key factor in "what makes us human" try, be responsible for you emotions
to believe in something
Oriental language
to be kind!
love
explore feel think
to be human means to inquire what it means to be human
friends
buld a fire to keep us warm
you have a good brain
are sgoils are bigger
heart
you can do the impossible
to live and love
emotion and language
it means you have the freedom to live you own way
why must humans always have wars?
neck
marry
empathy
to feel emotions and acomplish your goals. to succeed, to fail. To pass on your legacy
kind
a day without laught is a day wasted. laugh as you can, bring joy and happiness to the world
#love
ante memdy
be kind
to go to school+play basketball
to love to ahve fun to be whoever you want to be free to go to school-LA
support
art and expresson
School lifs
to love to ahve fun to be whoever you want to be free to go to school-LA
love
Hi
Healthy food Love JP
Adapting to change
Imagination
Evolution vs Jesus Chist
This quesiton is very similiar to what is the purpose of life. I think it si too change the world, for better or worse - Chase
Kindness
language
don't worry be happy
to take advantage of evoluntionary benefits on our quest to understand the complxities of life and its various emotions
imagination
to be strong
experience
live thoughtfully
emotions and the ability to logically think
love
diversity
To feel and think
sum peepl dool not have fod. peepl all labot
living a short unfufilling life and the die alone scared
connection exploration
to be a human and not an aline, zombie, vampire, etc.
Ability to love one and another
learning
to reason
heart full of love, empathy, and compassoin. To have the ability to love rather than be loved!
to worry
Whar we can from
to be happy
to plan (sometimes)
Obama Care
too dig up fossils
lamba
memes
consciousness of self
to have a certain genetic code
learning to love yourself
an awareness both of self and of something greater than self
grumpy cat
ASL Rocks
family
socai groups
To dream, to hope, to wonder
to be happy
to be alive
walking upright there were not bones displayed
drawing
to rise above difficulties
To realize that the atoms that make up the cells of our boyd are 14 billion years old
curiosity
dogs
meme all day
to eat food
imagination
happynies
scribble
happynies
Dog Cat hobbies
heart
Dogs and cat horses too
buttes
thinking beyond our selves, family, and lifespan
trying, failing, and trying more and more!
respect + appreciate our diferences
tools :)
parents-everywhere, know one another
Homo Sapiens are more alike than differnt! Thanks fo rhtis amazing and wonderfilled exhibit
to adapt, innovation!
BE FABULOUS
"Man the Machine" by the 18th century philosopher La metrie
to be human is to desire love
to conquer and overcome challenges
to be human is ot attempt to find meaning in our lives
Sarcasm!
NOT Trump I second this
To learn, to grow through experience of emotions (the good and bad), pay attention and make a differnced
Listen think grow share
be gorgeous
tolerance to other's differnces
live in harmony with others
to live life to the fulles
to think, feel explore and love
being kind to everyone
meeting friends along you journey!
Cook and share food together
be piafol
Love me Love
quirkadinsky
Rock Art
Making connections with others
tools :)
To have bones. Brianna
Uposeable thumbs and sophisticated brain make up
To be human is to be girted with being aware of the mity consciousness of the universe. To be humna is to be a philospher.
To experiement, fail, problem solve, and evolve
caring
empathy
to kow and love god our creator
to question life, understand it's temporary nature.
To feel guilt, remorse, shame and to search to balance
Staying Funky
walks
social tkearchy
talking
compassion
having a moastesn
speck other lagwigies
to change kayca
to fell kayca
to be one of many
to be kind smart and love everone!
The ability to laugh is peculiar to mankind
to live and be a good pursson
to be yourself and have fun-Jakie Grainger
Living in the present moment
The ability to question
To use our intelligence for good We got these huge, complex brains, let's use them to be compassionate and make the world a better place
Succlusion in a darkroom
anime
to be a gorilla
to have empathy and judgement
the ability to consciously plan and decide
To get paid
We don't havfe thrs-Ellen
PDY
To be human is to imagine
drawing
To explore your sexuality and your gender
Consciousness<--- -----> action
arrow pointing down
compassion
to feel
to make love
LOL this is not reoy
I would like to go back to the way is was living off the land J.J.
to be aware of our species as distinct from but related to others. To be conscious.
To Live-emily age 6
to learn and to manipulate nature
to ask question, like "what does it mean to be human"
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