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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 a human means that we have all been sent for a reason. From changing something to make your life a lot better to changing the world.
Orlando Cardenas jr
- Orlando Cardenas jr, Portland, Oregon
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To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
To be human is to marvel at complexity of the universe and to despair at the shortness of life.
Caroline
- Caroline, Sydney
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To be a human is to share a form of language within a community. In this community, one FEELS a sense of belonging.
Madeline Myers
- Madeline Myers, Washington, DC
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The things that make us human are the mental things like how we think and the feelings that we have.
Matthew McAllister
- Matthew McAllister, School Without Walls
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To leave a global legacy which future generations can ignore, adopt or fight over..
Ian
- Ian, EMEA
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The ability to think beyond cause and effect. We have the capacity to create beyond need and venture into the creative world of want.
Laura
- Laura, Atlanta, Ga
4
To live a life of optimism and fulfillment carried on by a good sense of fairness and equality.
Jared
- Jared, New york
0
Our individuality and our ability to express ourselves, is what separates us humans from any other species on this planet.
Chris
- Chris, Victoria, Australia
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It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
Are we human or are we dancers?
the killers
- the killers, music,
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Human is inteligence. To know what one sees in DMT altered state of consciousness, is the psychedelic side effects, not spiritual answers.
ice
- ice, BC
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It means nothing. Even a human raised by wolves, with little conception of emotion or self-awareness is still human
Alex Ultahan
- Alex Ultahan, London
3
To be human is to be able to adapt to the world and to be able to use our large brains to share ideas.
Khoa
- Khoa, Torrance
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We teach; we can take anothers' perspective; and we not only perceive relationships between things, we invent them.
Davy Neyder
- Davy Neyder, Toronto
2
A human is a complex organism that acts, thinks, and speaks with complexity, yet came from simple origins.
Michael Cox
- Michael Cox, Coronado, California
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Being human is to want to know everything but to know (almost) nothing.
yilmaz
- yilmaz, izmir
0
Being Human is about the learning of intellect, and evolving our intelligence
Sarah Woodin
- Sarah Woodin, Woodbridge, Va
1
Je pense, donc je suis
Mallen Mino
- Mallen Mino, Flemington NJ
0
Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
0
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
Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
5
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
5
To be human is to be completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
5
The privilege of consciousness, at the cost of having a conscience; altruism
Jack P
- Jack P, Rutgers
5
You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5