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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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Means loving Jesus Christ as the Redeemer of the World.
Jason
- Jason, Valdes
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To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
5
Always finding a way to adapt :)
Art
- Art, Denver Colorado
0
Ability to express oneself through emotion, complex thoughts, physical attributes and communication.
Sophia Hawkes
- Sophia Hawkes, Sydney
0
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
It means to explore and be free and go to school for children and learn things.
Ariadna
- Ariadna, SanDiego
1
Bipedalism is the key factor that is associated with the characteristics of humans. Bipedalism means walking on two feet.
Student
- Student, School
0
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
5
To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
0
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving Universe.
Trisha Freiermuth
- Trisha Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL
4
Having a conscience
Mary Miller
- Mary Miller, New York State
0
I believe being human is to have an enhanced technological, intellectual and social experience
Parsa
- Parsa, Beaverton
0
Having the ability to think, learn, make, improve , empathize , help, teach, share and most importantly evolve as a being..
Ava
- Ava, Philippines
0
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
To be able to comprehend at a reasonable level
Cole
- Cole , NC
0
To be able to think in terms of the abstract. That is, to speak, do art, math, etc. It is also the desire to understand our environment.
Jay
- Jay, Canada
0
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
Humans are able to use our brains for tasks no other animals can. Those tasks include tool making, innovating technology, and communication.
Alex
- Alex, Portland, OR
1
What does it mean to be human ? It means survival and domination.
Jeh
- Jeh, Lay
2
To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
5
They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
Grace
- Grace , Middle School
5
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
choosing to procrastinate...even when one has to do a genetic research 6 page paper due by midnight.
jane b.
- jane b., US
5
To care.
Saty
- Saty, Indiana
5
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
Only humans have snooty grammarians for our languages! (As far as we can tell.)
Jon von Gunten
- Jon von Gunten, Tujunga, CA
5
It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
5
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
5
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
Humans root for the Yankees! Non-humans root for Boston.
Hertz
- Hertz, Brooklyn, NY
5
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
5
To be human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
5
To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
5
To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
5