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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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Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
0
Being human means I have bones which could be used as fossils but instead you won't get them because my plans are to be cremated.
Papa Cat
- Papa Cat, USA
3
The recognition of self, the conscious being, and all the rational and irrational thinking that comes with this consciousness.
Wade Dodson
- Wade Dodson, Perth, Western Australia
4
To create and perpetuate Culture, is to be human.
Magdalena
- Magdalena, Wisconsin
0
Biologically -created tools to eat with to hunt and to make fire Psychologically-we feel about ourselves different people and cultures.
Kimberly Noell
- Kimberly Noell, North Carolina
0
It means whatever we want it to mean. This is the greatest gift of our humanity.
Omair Malik
- Omair Malik, Lahore, Pakistan
0
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
5
To be human you dont have to be smart but you must walk upright and have cloathing
Julie
- Julie, CA
0
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
To care for creature around us and respect ourselves for who we are
Jai Sikka
- Jai Sikka, Birmingham,Uk
0
Having a conscience.
Juan
- Juan, Brooklyn
0
Our species all have a somewhat selfish goal; to satisfy our wants. Humans, we long for fulfillment something worth living for, purpose.
aswali
- aswali, va
1
We can be better than what we are all living.
Kanani
- Kanani , Chicago,Il.
0
Humans lived here for millions of years ago before us. Their brains, bodies, and walking skills have allowed us to be like this today.
Alejandro Juanillo
- Alejandro Juanillo, High Tech LA
0
What it means to be a human is to be able to socialize. Humans must be able to communicate, have emotions,and be able to walk on their feet.
Tulasi Landes
- Tulasi Landes, Washington DC
4
We are but one of many known and unknown species. Created from an ongoing process enabled by earth's position relative to our star sun.
JW
- JW, Salt Lake City, Utah
4
Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
1
To be curious, and to want to expand your knowledge. It is also to bond with other humans, and to want to take care of the world.
Janelle
- Janelle, Portland, OR
0
To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
5
I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
5
Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
5
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
5
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5