You are here

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.

Being human form

Please select an image to upload that illustrates your answer to what it means to be human.
Files must be less than 1 GB.
Allowed file types: png jpg jpeg.
Please add tags to further categorize this response.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Vertical Tabs

to be human means to make good or bad decisions on your own based on you perspective of the situation.
rhiannon
- rhiannon , pheonix arizona
0
Humans are bipedal creatures that have big brains, exhibit higher thinking, use tools, and express themselves through art, language, music.
Cayla Hailwood
- Cayla Hailwood, CA
0
It means to understand we are really all the same underneath different tones of skin.
Lin
- Lin, Williamsburg, Va
0
An Animal, who enough dare to think
Vinod
- Vinod, India
0
Sitting behind a monitor, thinking about an abstract question someone at the other side of the globe just asked you.
Gert-Jan
- Gert-Jan, Netherlands
0
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
0
Humans have long communicated through language, and invented tools that have enabled our species to survive and thrive.
Janet Arredondo
- Janet Arredondo, Jeffersonville INy
0
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
0
Being human is knowing you have the ability to do anything you want, but use reason to restrain ourselves.
Michael
- Michael , Boston
0
Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
0
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
0
To be human means to be a bipedal mammal with a spoken language
Jack
- Jack, Pittsburg, CA
0
to stand up right and to talk peacefully with one another
tetrwet
- tetrwet, etetewrt
0
human means that you have the urge to create a god!
haratsis evangelos hector
- haratsis evangelos hector, greece athens
0
To be human means to be the most highly evolved creature on earth to date. To be human is to be a creature that could ask such a question.
Kaykay
- Kaykay, New York
0
To be human is to dream, imagine, and think reasoningly; and, reflect on and recreate one's self as often as one likes.
Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke
- Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke, Memphis, Tn
0
To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
0
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
0
to be human is to have the ability to reason...
Young Jimmithin
- Young Jimmithin, Auburn IN
0
To be human is to love others and to glorify God in all we do. This is our purpose and the sole uniqueness we have from animals.
Victoria
- Victoria, Ohio
0
For self gratification and self satisfaction.
Calvin
- Calvin, U.S.
0
To use our minds and resources to make realizations on our own, not depending on others to make those for us. Kind of like smithsonite does
Mr Evans
- Mr Evans, Virginia
0
To be alive, and have FUN!
Richard
- Richard, New York
0
human-an interactive life form that has five senses and the ability to communicate, use technology, and think.
Dominic
- Dominic, massachusetts
0
it means to be cool and smart
dat boi
- dat boi, space
0
We can make our ideas become reality.
Leasa
- Leasa, Vineland, NJ
0
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
0
To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
Contra
- Contra, So-Cal
0
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
0
Helpful and Hurtful Unique Magnificent and monstrous Amazing and awful Never predictable
Anjali Gupta
- Anjali Gupta, California
0
Humans are social we are capable of love, hope, and sympathy. And thats what keeps us alive, the ability to stay together through emotions.
Nora
- Nora, Portland, OR
0
I think being human is the ability to feel emotions towards others, love is the strongest among these emotions.
Lisakhanya
- Lisakhanya, South Africa
0
To be human is to realize that the world, the universe is much much bigger than whats around you. To use imagination and to think.
Gavin Alward
- Gavin Alward, Port Angeles, Washington
0
What does it mean to be human? Having the ability to ask this question is a great part of what makes us human.
Matt
- Matt, Washington, DC
0
to be human is to care for other humans and life forms human=caring
Tristan
- Tristan, eugene oregon
0
To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
0
Humans are the only animal in the world that fear death and can imagine.
Barry Morris
- Barry Morris, Corpus Christi
0
Being human means being able to communicate and empathize with others. Being human means being able to understand abstract concepts.
Susanna McGrew
- Susanna McGrew, Washington, DC
0
To want. To give. To love
Donald
- Donald, Pyongyang
0
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
0