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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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Today, to be human is to search for the most fulfilling way to spend the time that our ancestors spent hunting and gathering
Arvin Raj Mathur
- Arvin Raj Mathur, Cleveland, OH
1
To be human means to innovate and change the world. Humans are constantly changing and making new tools which rivaled other animals.
JWLB
- JWLB, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
Ser Humano significa SER ESPIRTUAL viviendo una experiencia HUMANA (Be Human means Be Spiritual living a Human experience)
Felipe Bobadilla
- Felipe Bobadilla, Chile
0
To be the best people in the whole entire universe. And to also fool our family's traits and customs
Jaffrey
- Jaffrey, Duluth, MN
0
Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
5
To step outside of our own humanity and evaluate it.
Adam
- Adam, Connecticut
4
It is to push boundaries. To wonder. To Imagine. To desire to understand everything around us. It is to be able to act on that desire.
Sean Welch
- Sean Welch, Asheville, NC
0
To be different from one another
Iris
- Iris, La
0
being a member of Earth's only species capable of outliving the planet, so let's be good dandelion spores and not expire prematurely
Justin
- Justin , University of Montana
5
the ability to communicate with language
zoran
- zoran, sydney
0
To be human you must be driven by ego instead of nature. To be human you must ask why. To be human you can never be satisfied.
Robert Dombroski
- Robert Dombroski, North Plainfield, NJ
0
To be explore the atoms at home and the several far corners of the the universe, in order to find our origin.
Hermella
- Hermella, Cambridge, Ma
0
To be human means to cooperate especially in a time of need, to have a growing intelligence, and change the world with new innovations.
AWRDSC
- AWRDSC, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
To have the mental intelligence and the physical attributes to have our imagination of our thoughts and wants become reality.
Karen Marple
- Karen Marple, Indiana
1
To be human is to live in solidarity with others and to change the world via creating culture (material and immaterial).
JAVIER BRAVO
- JAVIER BRAVO, MEXICO
0
To be human is to seek a deeper meaning and emotion we do and see no matter how ordinary or complex it may be.
Immy
- Immy, London
0
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
A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
0
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
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
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
5
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
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
To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
5
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5
To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
5
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
http://vishalthacker.wordpress.com/2010/03/08/on-being-human/
Vishal Thacker
- Vishal Thacker, Swansea, UK
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5