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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 be human is to be aware of our individuality and mortality and to desperately seek meaning in our brief existence.
Daniel Cox
- Daniel Cox, Sacramento, CA
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To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
5
Being human means that we are animals who tell stories.
Erica
- Erica, Pullman, WA
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To evolve.
Cynthia
- Cynthia, Mesa, AZ
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We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
5
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
It means that we have the ability and need to teach and learn. We are curious and have more on our minds than survival.
Torrance
- Torrance , CA
0
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
To be human is to be documented.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
0
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
It means you like to screw up nature and destroy the world it means you over cut down trees it means you have an ego the size of the sun
Chace Anthony
- Chace Anthony, Hiroshima Japan
0
To be alive, and have FUN!
Richard
- Richard, New York
0
capacity of opposing the thumb to any other digit of same hand
Mario Blanco
- Mario Blanco, west palm beach,florida
0
Being human involves interdependence. We depend on one another for emotional support, for employment, for food. The list is endless.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
0
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
The ability to mate with us, modern humans.
Jacob O.
- Jacob O., Annapolis
0
To be versatile and ever-changing. A sign of humanity is our need for intellectual and social interaction.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, COSTAATT, Trinidad
0
Be responsible for what is going on & before Creator. Every creature has brains & feelings but man shoulders responsibility for the future.
Zarine L. Arushanyan
- Zarine L. Arushanyan, Armenia
1
We are the jewel of God's creation, made in his image for the purpose of being in relationship with each other and with Him.
Steven Griffin
- Steven Griffin, Oxford, Mississippi
1
To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
1
With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
To be Human is to strive for the stars...THERE lies our true immortality.
Wulf Zeiler
- Wulf Zeiler, Adelaide, Australia
5
Our artistic ability makes us human. Other animals can make tools, communicate but no other animal can express their feelings through art.
Marguerite Harris
- Marguerite Harris, Washington Dc
5
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
5
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
What it means to be human to me is to be able to use all of our 5 senses;hear,taste,smell,touch and sight.
Sara Fitzgerald
- Sara Fitzgerald, Citrus Springs, FL
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
To be human means to love, give,take ,understand,and to live in harmony
DaphnE
- DaphnE, India
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
To be human means to have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
humans are the only animal that believes it should be happy, all the other animals can just be happy.
Shaun Wilson
- Shaun Wilson, christchurch NZ
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5