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Submit Your Response to "What Does It Mean To Be Human?"

The Human Origins Initiative wants to know what YOU think it means to be human! Submit your response, and it may be featured on this website or in our exhibition.

Responses seen here come both from this website and the David H. Koch Hall of Human Origins. We have had a wonderful outpouring of responses to this question, and we cannot feature every answer. Each time you visit this page, a different set of answers will be featured on the first page.

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Being human is having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
Bailey
- Bailey, Astoria
0
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
...We are a feeling...an awareness encased here...
Don Juan
- Don Juan, Sonora
2
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
To be loved and love with all your heart
Karen
- Karen, philippines
0
Being able to discover and learn about the wonders and beauty of this natural world. Enjoying this life for what it is.
Jake Murtaugh
- Jake Murtaugh, Arizona
1
To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
5
To be human is to seek a deeper meaning and emotion we do and see no matter how ordinary or complex it may be.
Immy
- Immy, London
0
Being a human is being able to make connections with others and caring about them.
Mind
- Mind, OR
0
To be human is to be imperfect Its impossible to always be right as no one has the same definition of whats right Your right could be wrong
Nathan Yow
- Nathan Yow, Victoria, Australia
0
Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
0
To be human, is to think, explore, learn and develop your culture.
Ashley Johnson
- Ashley Johnson, Washington,DC
0
The ability to grasp concepts like Fire manipulation, Humility, Respect and Manners... things that can't be taught to lesser animals.
Nathanial Miller
- Nathanial Miller, Winnsboro Louisiana
5
Being a bi-pedal terrestrial mammal.
Gary Baxel
- Gary Baxel, Joshua Tree, CA
0
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
To observe, to replenish, to preserve, and to witness evolution
WIlson Santos
- WIlson Santos, St. Augustine,FL - USA
0
Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
Cheyenne
- Cheyenne, Astoria
0
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
5
To have the ability to completely wipe out a species, and almost, create a new one.
Bryce Nurding
- Bryce Nurding, Astoria OR
0
We make mistakes and learn from them. We create new ideas. We have to grow and learn step by step, how to live and act.
Megan N.
- Megan N., Roosevelt High School
5
to be part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
5
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5
Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
To know that in spite of all our development we are still animals and share this island in space with all other living organisms.
Jeremy Seeger
- Jeremy Seeger, Rochester, VT, USA
5
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
It means being able to engage in discourse about what we believe, how we think our world should be, we're political reflective folks.
Margaret
- Margaret, Brooklyn, NY
5
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
5
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
5
To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
5
To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
5