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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 serve God and to better the world around us.
Luke
- Luke, Charlotte, NC
1
WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
0
To be insecure and arrogant enough to ask what it means to be human.
Ben Siegel
- Ben Siegel, NY
1
The only life force known to stay busy trying to figure itself out.
Robert Ratliff
- Robert Ratliff, Boone, NC
0
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
To live a long and happy life.
Jack R.
- Jack R., Iowa
3
to be part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
5
To be human is to be curious and innovative. To be human is to make the most of your surroundings and resources.
Vishal
- Vishal, Oregon
0
It means to do what your Creator want from you to do.
Abbas
- Abbas, Pakistan
0
To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
5
what it mean to be human is to have skill ,learn ,teach
Bronson and Gio
- Bronson and Gio, Renaissance school
0
to think
ahmef
- ahmef, uae
0
We are the only animals with a conscience, so we must insure that we treat our fellow human beings and other animals kindly.
George
- George, London,England,UK
0
Flawed. Destructive. Creative. Self-Aware. Self-Concious. Dumb. Smart. Good. Bad. Self-important and self-demeaning. Lost. Confused
Kelly
- Kelly, Ohio
5
I Believe that Being able to adapt to all different environment is essential to Being human
David
- David, Portland, Or
0
To laugh and to regret
Daniel Bliton
- Daniel Bliton, DC
1
When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
5
To be human means to be able to understand and communicate with each other, to live in communities, and to be influenced by one another.
Shantih
- Shantih , Portland, OR
0
Being human allows me to look in the mirror everyday and see the handiwork of God our creator.
Todd Roberts
- Todd Roberts, Springfield, Ohio
5
To be human means to love, give,take ,understand,and to live in harmony
DaphnE
- DaphnE, India
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
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
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
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
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
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
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
being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
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 use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5