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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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To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
5
We are humans because we alone can Ask this question"How to Save Mother Earth"?
Sandy
- Sandy, California
0
A creation of God with an eternal soul.
Nancy
- Nancy, Brunnemer
0
Humans are animals with something more, something we can't even comprehend, that makes us able to question and understand.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Amherst, MA
1
Walk upright, learn and share information, and shape the world around is
Carson
- Carson, Coronado, CA
0
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
What makes us human is our individuality from everyone else, and out strive to get/be what we want.
jason
- jason, Astoria, Oregon
0
To love, to destroy and to wander
Grace Metcalfe
- Grace Metcalfe, Leeds,West Yorkshire, England
0
as the third smartest spcies on the planet (preceded by dolphins and mice) we have a responsibility to not kill ourselves and others
Griffin
- Griffin, Canada
0
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
It is the ability to share who you think you are and what you have done with your friends and family.
Bruce Gangnath
- Bruce Gangnath, Fallbrook, Ca
0
To be human is to be on the outside, looking in. To separate from the unity of the universe and become an analyzing observer.
The Phoenix
- The Phoenix, Cheektowaga, New York
0
To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
1
To be human means to walk on two feet, communicate with others, using tools, using your brain, and having a social life.
Jenna Jones
- Jenna Jones, England
0
To be a curious specie
Aamir
- Aamir, Pakistan
0
It means we can problem solve and have the ability to impact the world
Belton
- Belton, In this bitch
0
Being human is simply being able to see your past, present, and future and aspiring to do it.
Becca
- Becca, Oregon
0
Meaning being one thing that can be overcome others. no human is perfect, but can be better then others.
chaT
- chaT, OR
0
A sense of mortality. No other animal is aware of it and this inescapable fact has shaped everything in our lives.
Mikey m
- Mikey m , Rochester new york
1
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmone
1
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
To be human is to eat, drink and to be merry. For life is to short to be dull.
Kaleb Kane
- Kaleb Kane, Waterville, ME
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
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
5
we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
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 love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5