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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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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
It means we have self awareness at a greater level than any other being.
m
- m, new jersey
1
Understanding my reason for existance is what makes me human, without that we are just an animal.
Mike Sanders
- Mike Sanders, Brinkley, Ar.
3
To be human is to be able to think about our brains and how the world and everything around us works.
Abbey
- Abbey, Australia
0
Being Human means thinking, evaluating, planning, supporting, caring, loving, remembering, empathizing, showing courage, and improving.
Peggy V.
- Peggy V., East Dundee, Illinois
0
To be human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
Everyone is different. We all see, speak, hear, look, and even feel different. We learn more as we grow physically and mentally.
Carrie F
- Carrie F, Roosevelt High School
0
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5
To be human means to be a bipedal mammal with a spoken language
Jack
- Jack, Pittsburg, CA
0
To be capable of understanding and deciding, "What it means to be human."
Taylor Vendetta
- Taylor Vendetta, Cape May, New Jersey
2
To be aware of you and your earth and to help what's around you.
Ciara
- Ciara, California
0
Being human means knowing that other possibilities can happen.
Heather
- Heather , Arizona
0
smart ,dominate, to, speak, advandce, different, body ,structers, less, hairy, religious
Justin Marshall
- Justin Marshall, springfield renaissance school
0
being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
5
We are humans because we alone can Ask this question"How to Save Mother Earth"?
Sandy
- Sandy, California
0
To have DNA emotions relationships identity
Dorothy
- Dorothy, Hong Kong
0
To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
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 strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5