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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 live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
0
Being human is to be an individual person, you don't need to be like others or fit in, you have to be your self.
Harambe
- Harambe, Australia
0
Characteristics define us. Larger brains helped us and gave us the ability to invent tools. Also we are able to communicate with each other.
Johanna
- Johanna, Portland, OR
0
What all humans have in common is that we can control fire, make and use tools, and use complex speech. These are things that only humans do
Luis
- Luis, Phoenix
0
The ability to think beyond cause and effect. We have the capacity to create beyond need and venture into the creative world of want.
Laura
- Laura, Atlanta, Ga
4
What it means to be a human is to be able to socialize. Humans must be able to communicate, have emotions,and be able to walk on their feet.
Tulasi Landes
- Tulasi Landes, Washington DC
4
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
Michel
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
0
Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
Tommy Gilley
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
0
To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5
To have self-contol. To feel guilt, greed, and love more than other animals. We are the same species but are different in our own ways.
Sylvia Gisler
- Sylvia Gisler, Washington, DC
0
A human must walk upright, use tools, possess larger/more complex brains than other species, and use some form of communication.
Reid Jarvis
- Reid Jarvis, Springfield MO.
0
To laugh, to be bipedal, expressing ourselves, to have a large game, having a small jaw, and to think logically to solve problems
Avalon
- Avalon, CA, USA
0
We create tools for different uses, are social, can communicate, record, and express our thoughts and ideas with language and symbols.
Allison
- Allison, HTLA High School, California
0
To have identity and consciousness.
Valentine
- Valentine, DC
1
To have the ability to completely wipe out a species, and almost, create a new one.
Bryce Nurding
- Bryce Nurding, Astoria OR
0
To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
0
The ability to mate with us, modern humans.
Jacob O.
- Jacob O., Annapolis
0
To be a member of the Homo genus, simple as that. Humans are so diverse these days, it's a wonder a new species hasn't arisen yet.
Bobby Johnson
- Bobby Johnson, Australia
0
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
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
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
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
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5