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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 means having deep pain inside us, and happiness. It means striving, fighting and trying to get better.
Sophie
- Sophie, Oregon
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You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
Being human is to make mistakes, then learn from those mistakes, so you don't make them again.
Jonathan Gregory
- Jonathan Gregory, Australia
0
Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
5
I thimk therefore I is
Reynard D'Argent
- Reynard D'Argent, California
0
Je pense, donc je suis
Mallen Mino
- Mallen Mino, Flemington NJ
0
I think and make reasonable decisions there fore I am a human.
Charles Wastl
- Charles Wastl, Hanover, Md, USA the Earth
1
To know that we can accomplish anything, love, learn, reason, critically think, and realize how our actions impact others.
Meredith
- Meredith, Oregon
0
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
To live not just survive.
Tom Hamilton
- Tom Hamilton, UK
0
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmone
1
To walk on two feet, be able to teach ohers, be able to give your opinion, and to have a personal opinion and be able to tell it to others.
Nicole
- Nicole, Middle school
0
To care, to wonder, to seek.
Olivia Groshong
- Olivia Groshong, Los Angeles Ca
3
To be human means that we have the willpower to decide, emotions, and knowledge.
Jeniffer and Jalinh
- Jeniffer and Jalinh, Maryland
0
Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
To be human means that we have the capacity to create and modify our physical world and our set standards of ethics and evil.
Jason Yu
- Jason Yu, Torrance, CA
0
To have the ability to recognize our own image and feel judgment towards it.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, NC
0
it means to be not a neanderthal
henry
- henry, cali
0
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
5
To explore, to find. To question, to answer. To learn, to teach. To live, to love.
James
- James, Victoria, Australia
0
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
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 be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
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
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
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 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
take advantage of the earth while it lasts, before another ice age or major devastation. pillage the land, indulge in pleasures.
scir91onYouTube
- scir91onYouTube, new york city
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5