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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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love hurts
to be human is to love and hurt
Jonathan Mc Cormack
- Jonathan Mc Cormack, South Africa
1
frighteningly flexible
ug
- ug, ugville
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Humans are the only animal that kill each other in mass quantity for torture and sport. Perhaps that was what the Pit of Bones was.
nina moore
- nina moore, Northern California, US
4
To have a full thought process, a way to communicate with other being, have a curious nature and do whatever you want.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
it means to love one another
wazzup
- wazzup, u.s. vermont
0
...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
Characteristics define us. Larger brains helped us and gave us the ability to invent tools. Also we are able to communicate with each other.
Johanna
- Johanna, Portland, OR
0
To be human means nothing more than just being human. The secret of life is, there is no secret. We are human, so we do human things.
William Dodson
- William Dodson , Concord NC
0
Consisting of numerous characteristics such as genetics, ability to adapt, speak and differentiate. Also having an opposable thumb.
KhalilJ
- KhalilJ, rooseveltHigh
0
Being human means to feel every emotion, especially deeper than any animal ever could. We're all different, and that's what makes us human.
Ruby
- Ruby, Woodburn, OR
0
To be human is to understand morality and ethics.
Cindy D
- Cindy D, Rutgers-Newark
1
It means to live your life the way you want to, so long as you don't violate the life, liberty, or property of someone else.
Joko
- Joko, San Diego
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
Apparently for some, having Neanderthal genes. Does this explain our impacted wisdom teeth/orthodontics if you descend from Europe?
Jane
- Jane, Toronto
0
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
city floating in space as seen by hubble telescope
As J. MacArthur says: "be rational, relational and creative", and I say "so that we can purposefully work out our destiny".
Hamilton
- Hamilton, Panama
0
Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
5
to have feeling to be sad,mad,happy, and, wrong
sara
- sara, maryland
0
To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
5
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
5
Humans can create experience as we breathe, love,laugh, cry, sigh, dream, scheme, live, work, die, and make the universe a better place.
Jan Hersh
- Jan Hersh, Danville, CA
5
To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
5
Flawed. Destructive. Creative. Self-Aware. Self-Concious. Dumb. Smart. Good. Bad. Self-important and self-demeaning. Lost. Confused
Kelly
- Kelly, Ohio
5
To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
5
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
5
Means being able to make your own food.
Anthony
- Anthony, Africa
5
To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
5
To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
5
Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
5
Human is part of the beautiful nature, a animal that can think for others.
jeeyoon
- jeeyoon, Seoul, Korea.
5
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
One that has the capacity to exhibit compassion for other living things but the cognitive ability not to.
Liz churchville
- Liz churchville, St. Pete, FL
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
to be "affected" by the world;to feel myself as a part of something much bigger and deeper - not being specially, but specifically human.
Luísa Molina
- Luísa Molina, Brasília, Brazil
5
To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
5
Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5