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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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

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Being human means we have the power to change the earth, and the responsibility to do so without destroying it.
Ambre Ying
- Ambre Ying, California
1
To pretend. Apes do not know how to pretend.
Zoran Tasa
- Zoran Tasa, Belgrade
0
Being human is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
1
To be human means to be created in the image of God.
Eric
- Eric, Virginia
1
We have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
J. Garza
- J. Garza, California
0
To be aware; to have a large brain; to have language; to have precision hands; to have an iPad2; and to have the Internet.
Tom Woosnam
- Tom Woosnam, Estero, FL
1
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5
We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
0
To feel and to love
Adrian
- Adrian, 'merica
0
Being Human is to be a part of a species that evolves and will continue to evolve. We should be very proud to be a part of the world.
David James
- David James, UK
0
Knowing I am created in the image of God, which connects me to every human ever conceived, or who ever will be.
Sharon Clement
- Sharon Clement, Kansas City
1
To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
0
TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
0
I agree with Robert P. Hagstrom of Flagstaff AZ.
Simpatico Welps
- Simpatico Welps , Koobi Fora
0
To be human is to be in a situation, detect a problem
John
- John, Huntington Beach CALI
0
To attain happiness for our self and others
williamtan
- williamtan, Malaysia
0
"To be human is to be corrupt, it goes hand and hand."
Stacy
- Stacy, Alabama
0
Respecting the diverse cultures that we each come from.
Kimberly
- Kimberly, Wright
0
To be human means to socialize. By socializing, we help each other to live, which grows bonds. In turn, bonds create trust and growth.
KMJR
- KMJR, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
It means that we have the ability to create and cherish the arts, our environment, different species, and each other. Please do so often.
Michael Hollman
- Michael Hollman, Oakland, CA
0
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
5
Being human means being self-conscious or self-aware. It is about creativity and individuality within a community.
Angela
- Angela, Eugene, Oregon
5
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
To care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
5
We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
5
being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
To be human is to be curiouser and curiouser.
David
- David, Escondido, Ca
5
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5
Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
5
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
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 don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
5