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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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Humans love, hope, fear, and respect other humans, for the most part. They know they are mortal, and are inherently good.
Elliott Hayes
- Elliott Hayes, Annapolis, Maryland
1
To be a human is to be a bipedal, very intelligent and self-aware primate capable of conscious and complex thought.
Spencer
- Spencer, Gaithersburg, MD
4
Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
5
To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
1
What does it mean to be human ? It means survival and domination.
Jeh
- Jeh, Lay
2
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
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
It means to understand the purpose of life
m.shahbaz
- m.shahbaz, lahore pakistan
0
Human is the evolution of speech.A beautiful compination of logic,sentiments,soul and spirit that interacts with the world creating history!
Salama
- Salama, Greece
0
To be a member of Homo sapiens period
George Wolff
- George Wolff, Fort Myers, Florida
5
We are people who evolved and work hard for jobs and for young.
Eva
- Eva, Fredericksburg, VA
0
being human means to be able to think of complicated ideas and to be able to walk up right for long periods of time.
Danielle
- Danielle, Windermere, FL
0
Je pense, donc je suis
Mallen Mino
- Mallen Mino, Flemington NJ
0
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
to be living
bob
- bob, missouri
1
Being human is to want to know everything but to know (almost) nothing.
yilmaz
- yilmaz, izmir
0
Curious, love of beauty, meaningful relationships w our world and its creatures, while habitually making choices that destroy what we love.
Rebecca
- Rebecca , New Hampshire
0
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
Cognitive recognition of time, space, and creation. A sensing of the greater power that drives the universe, falling short of comprehension.
LJames
- LJames, PhiLADELPHIA, PA
5
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
5
To know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
Changing the world by actualizing dreams and visions
Robert K.
- Robert K., Washington, DC
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
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
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
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 human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
5
Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
5
To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
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