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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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Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
Jack
- Jack, Maryland
5
The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
5
We wonder where we came from. We wonder if there is anyone else like us anywhere.
Linda Kuczwanski
- Linda Kuczwanski, Oklahoma City, OK
5
To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
I believe humans must be able to express complex emotions such as love <3
Jason Hsiao
- Jason Hsiao, University of Maryland
0
To have DNA emotions relationships identity
Dorothy
- Dorothy, Hong Kong
0
As humans we have the ability to comprehend that we exist with millions of other species and that our actions affect all living things.
Greg L
- Greg L, Memphis, TN
0
To be human it means to be able to make a change in the world, to have the ability to provide for yourself and others who are in need.
Jimena
- Jimena, Woodburn HS
0
To care for one an other
Hermioni
- Hermioni , Hogwarts
0
having a chin and a forehead.
Jasmine
- Jasmine, New York
2
To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
5
to be human means to make good or bad decisions on your own based on you perspective of the situation.
rhiannon
- rhiannon , pheonix arizona
0
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
language, ability to abstract, ability to generalize, conscious thought using abstractions of reality
DR EDGAR SHRIVER
- DR EDGAR SHRIVER, United States
0
to be able to change not only our future but of others for better or worse.
Gerardo
- Gerardo, N.C
0
To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
5
Walking, talking, thinking, and social being.
Bryan Plummer
- Bryan Plummer, ButLer, PA
0
To be human means to have intelligence and faith in yourself and others
Alizet
- Alizet, Sprinfield,MA
0
To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
0
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
To be human is to travel the world, the oceans, the stars, moving ever forward.
Axel Clavier
- Axel Clavier, California
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To think in words.
John
- John, California
5
The understanding of knowing that we are another, but the MOST intelligent of the animals in our planet...
Santos
- Santos, Naples, Fl
5
to be "affected" by the world;to feel myself as a part of something much bigger and deeper - not being specially, but specifically human.
Luísa Molina
- Luísa Molina, Brasília, Brazil
5
To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
The only creature that can laugh at a fart
James
- James, Winnipeg, Canada
5
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
5
Being human is to have a brain as powerful as ours. Unfortunetly, rare are those who use its full potential.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
5
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
5
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5