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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 have a role in life, giving you purpose.
BigDaddyJohn
- BigDaddyJohn, Ny,Ny
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The constant pursuit of happiness we are always short of obtaining by a hair.
Yeliz T
- Yeliz T, Pennsylvania, USA
1
to love, to share, to express ourselves, to be curious, and to wonder the exact question: what DOES it mean to be human?
Rachel
- Rachel, california
4
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
We are aware of our own existence.
Frankie
- Frankie, oklahoma
1
To be human is to have the ability to be independent and be able to live using any given resource
Kaisley
- Kaisley, California
0
To be human means to love and be compassionate. It means being a team player for survival.
Amanda
- Amanda, Camden, Ohio
1
To be able to think dependently and solve problems makes us human.
Nicolas
- Nicolas, Portland, OR
0
To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
To be human is to question.
David Masters
- David Masters, Kiev
0
To be human is the ability to reason and be reasoned with.
Babatunji
- Babatunji, Nigeria
0
The ability to know how little we actually know.
Jessica
- Jessica, Brainerd, Minnesota
0
It means we evolved from hominid ancestors.
Brad P
- Brad P, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
3
Human is a creation of nature can have the control over other lives and matter.
Kamal
- Kamal, Nepal
5
To know that in spite of all our development we are still animals and share this island in space with all other living organisms.
Jeremy Seeger
- Jeremy Seeger, Rochester, VT, USA
5
Animal that doesn't think it's an animal. To destroy, to experience emotion and feeling.
Ashley
- Ashley, South Dakota
0
To be human is to wonder about the history of ourselves, the future of the universe, and the meaning of it all.
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
1
To live a long and happy life.
Jack R.
- Jack R., Iowa
3
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
The constant struggle to better our species as a whole. No other species has the comprehension to understand where they stand.
Lance King
- Lance King, Myrtle Beach, SC
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 remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
5
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
5
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
5
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
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
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5