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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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To strive for the new and best in life, but at the same time to seek it's own destruction
Guillermo Olarte
- Guillermo Olarte, Chino Hills
5
Scientists have struggled for centuries to pinpoint the qualities that separate human beings from the millions
Ansar
- Ansar, Woodburn
0
Making Mistakes
Corri
- Corri, usa
5
What makes us human is our desire to improve ourselves. Such as people might try to become a nicer person.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Potland, OR
0
Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
0
To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
0
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
To share a genetic kinship with billions of other souls, while striving to a part of a community larger than yourself.
Dale
- Dale, Murfreesboro, TN
0
to be human is to have sympathy and empathy: while not to be human is to not to have any
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA, USA
1
When the abstract reasoning prevails over instincts, and also led us –guided by moral- to an enhanced enjoining of instincts
Manuel Vazquez
- Manuel Vazquez, Cuba
0
Spirituality separates us from other animals.Maybe the first concept of the bible,of knowing right from wrong.
Michael Shannon
- Michael Shannon, Chesterfield ,S.C
0
To be human is to be alive with free will to reproduce while understanding compassion towards all that life has to offer.
johnny picht
- johnny picht, Rockville
0
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
5
To be able to change the roll of toilet paper correctly, paper in the pull down position.
Alice Tully-Hall
- Alice Tully-Hall, Denver, Colorado
0
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
3
To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5
Being human is a gift.
Natalie Kristine
- Natalie Kristine, Buenos Aires, Earth
1
You are able to walk on two feet and use collective learning in order to gain an understanding of different perspectives.
Issy
- Issy, Sydney
5
the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
5
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
5
Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
5
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
5
Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
5
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
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 understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
5
Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
5