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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 is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
5
Is to love and forgive.
Mike Cayot
- Mike Cayot, Unknown
1
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
Language as a frame work for our thoughts, dexterity for making tools and bipedalism.
Paul Hsieh
- Paul Hsieh, California
0
To be human means that you have intelligence, conscious an feelings to rule the earth and all the living creatures with respect.
Yota
- Yota, Greece
0
We humans have something wonderful, our “intelligence” that demands big responsibilities, respect and appreciation for the cosmos "life".
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
1
What it mean to be human? I think to be human is to stand up for what is wrong and do the right thing
Lachlan
- Lachlan, NSW
1
To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
3
Humans have the capability to completely disconnect from the environment in which we evolved.
Nate
- Nate, Portland, OR
0
To be able to walk on two legs, and to talk.
christian
- christian, lewiston maine
0
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
To be a human means not being a human but being yourself
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Portland, Oregon
0
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
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
It means to be part of a family, found on Planet Earth, we have relatives too but they live very far away, living in their own home too.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
0
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
i like being a human because you can run walk talk and eat nice food and sleep on a bed and have shelter.
elenoa
- elenoa, mangere, auckland
0
Being human means you are at the top of the food chain. you have a bigger brain and a straight body structure.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
0
What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
0
the ability to answer and fuel our curiosity.
colby grace
- colby grace, northport, ny
5
Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
5
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
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
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
have a set of DNA that leads to our physical form with the unexpected result that we ask questions like this
deborah
- deborah, damascus, md
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
5
To be human is to experience failure, to evaluate that failure, and, from that evaluation, to then succeed.
bob
- bob, Indiana
5
To be human means pretending you aren't an animal.
Kelly Brasel
- Kelly Brasel, Glen Carbon, IL
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
To live an existence for the betterment of others.
Cynthia Craig
- Cynthia Craig, Sarasota, FL
5
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
5