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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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Being human means walking, thinking, and working differently than other species.
Nina
- Nina, Portland, OR
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To be human means to love, give,take ,understand,and to live in harmony
DaphnE
- DaphnE, India
5
To be Human is to be simple and complex. It is to be understanding and compassionate. A tool for Love. An extension of the Universe.
Lumen
- Lumen, Tampa, FL
0
To be human is to claim land that is from Earth as your own. We all share the Earth, no one owns it.
Eris
- Eris, Earth
1
To be a human means to know the difference between right and wrong.
Lonnie Fahl
- Lonnie Fahl, Modesto, California
0
Being human means having a spoken/written language,being able to express ourselves,and being able to walk upright.
Somebody
- Somebody , Somewhere
0
Self awareness
Jack
- Jack, Oklahoma
0
Being human means that we are animals who tell stories.
Erica
- Erica, Pullman, WA
0
Being human means being born to die
Tearra Ferguson
- Tearra Ferguson, North Carolina
0
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5
Human means being able to fill out the "word verfication" blank in order to submit a comment on what it means to be human.
bej
- bej, USA
0
Someone with feelings and emotions.
Kat
- Kat, L.A
1
It is our identity as a species and defines our uniqueness as individuals compared to other species.
Callum Richardson.
- Callum Richardson., Burnley, Lancashire.
0
a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
3
Being human means to explore our unique endurance and drive that insured our survival and evolution to become the society we are today.
Catrina
- Catrina, Texas
0
Dance a jig on 5th Avenue with a banana in your ear.
Rich Little
- Rich Little, New York
1
How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
0
To be human is to be able to think about our brains and how the world and everything around us works.
Abbey
- Abbey, Australia
0
To coexist and live in harmony with nature. Not to destroy it. To be able to look back and think, "I'm glad to be here."
Kelly
- Kelly, California
4
to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
5
Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
5
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
Looking at cat videos in youtube
Stephen
- Stephen, Kitchener
5
I think being human means that we have the capacity for empathy and compassion and have moved away from purely survival instincts.
Steve
- Steve, Oak Park, IL
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
The only animal which thinks about thinking
Karthik
- Karthik , chennai
5
Not to be so arrogant as to believe that we are alone in the universe.
Randall
- Randall, Trenton, MI
5
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5