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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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Words don't even come close, because to be human is not a meaning, it's a feeling.
Hubert Meeker
- Hubert Meeker, Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA
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to be human means to be the way you are and the way you want to be and to play with the other sex.
bob
- bob, lolomt
0
To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
5
To enjoy life while it lasts. Also make mistakes, build, destroy things. To love every single view that you see. To make history!
Alicia
- Alicia, Milwaukee, WI
0
To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
Connor Clausen
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
0
To lust.
Kelsey Meyer
- Kelsey Meyer, Cedar Bluffs, Nebraska
1
It is the Great feeling of the nature which at last know itself.
Mohamed Abdallah
- Mohamed Abdallah, UK
0
Being human means being capable of making a change in the world
Roberto
- Roberto, Woodburn
0
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmond
5
The Horse Head Nebula in red light, young bright stars being born.
To be human is to wonder what's around the next hill, or beyond the furthest star. And not to rest until you know.
Steve White
- Steve White, Indiana
1
To be human means to be living, breathing, humerous and curious
Jack
- Jack, PA
0
Abstract thinking, walking on two feet, and opposable thumbs.
Jake
- Jake, Portland, OR
0
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
Is to love and forgive.
Mike Cayot
- Mike Cayot, Unknown
1
To mainstream
Hipster
- Hipster, Some place on Earth
0
it means to eat, drink and work towards survival of your gene pool.
lynn
- lynn, winchester, va
1
To be human is to change the environment to oneself rather than to change according to the environment. In short, it is to cheat nature.
Matthew Borders
- Matthew Borders, Georgia
0
to be able to walk up right and to be able to talk
jonzam
- jonzam, spring field
0
it means that you have skin and that you can speak one of the many languages of the world
blah
- blah, europe
0
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
5
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
5
People Of The World
Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
5
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
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
Other creatures don't spend half their lives trying to halt inevitable Death. We do. It's a curse.
C.S. Brineman
- C.S. Brineman, Little Rock, AR
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5
savoir que je pense. penser que je suis. savoir que je suis
martine compagnon
- martine compagnon, Paris
5
Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
5
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
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 feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
5
tribal discussion
Awareness of collective being and intentional social organisation through negotiating shared practices and modes of thought.
Elaine Hartley
- Elaine Hartley, Melbourne
5
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
5