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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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We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
To be human is to use our brain to evolve beyond our 600 million years of animal past and become part of a sustainable mosaic of life.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh, North Carolina
5
To eventually understand that all of our fellow humans are of equal worth and value. Inequality is thus inhuman.
A Human
- A Human, Planet Earth
0
Being human is to laugh and to cry, to regret and to expect - sometimes all in a moment.
Anne McComas
- Anne McComas, Bel Air, MD
1
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
To wonder and dream.
David Lamar Jones
- David Lamar Jones, Austell Georgia
0
Self awareness and creativity
Melissa
- Melissa, Pa
0
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
to be able to learn and think, be a homo sapiens, and to be created in the image of God
Stella
- Stella, New York
0
To realize how much beauty there is in the world
Ivet
- Ivet, Boston
1
To pretend. Apes do not know how to pretend.
Zoran Tasa
- Zoran Tasa, Belgrade
0
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
To be human is to have reason and a sense of self; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
Kristen
- Kristen, Maryland
0
The greek word for human is anthropos, a combination of two words meaning the one who looks up. Humanity development.
Chris
- Chris, Cyprus
0
this picture shows how our minds are more complex than any other being.
Being a human means a lot of things. You have the biggest brains. We can share our deepest emotions.
Jhirbron Tonge
- Jhirbron Tonge, 2300 Good Hope RD SE APT 419
0
To err.
Aria, 14
- Aria, 14, CA
3
"We have the ability to think and feel, and the free will to control them which results in our behavior and actions."
Frank M. Lin
- Frank M. Lin, Taipei, Taiwan
0
Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
0
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
5
Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
5
Forwardly looking with curiosity and wonder.
To express a desire to engage the future, self aware & mindfully pursuing universal exploration; to boldly go where no one has gone before.
Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko
- Ihor Jaroslaw Sypko, Imlaystown, NJ
5
To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
To know. To understand. To share knowledge and accept and challege it all at once, then grow from it.
Marta
- Marta, DC
5
To have a soul specially created by God. To be made in God's image.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
5
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
5
Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
5