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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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i think it mens to be able to see, feel, taste, smell, and hear. Thats what i think
bryce
- bryce, NY
1
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
Science has helped humans to grow and prosper but at a very high and unaffordable cost of the environment which will destroy us one day
Brian Dsouza
- Brian Dsouza, Goa
0
Being human is to laugh and to cry, to regret and to expect - sometimes all in a moment.
Anne McComas
- Anne McComas, Bel Air, MD
1
A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
0
Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
0
it means that, you have freedom and your own space in life
emily
- emily, portland
0
A species that can ponder their existence.
Valerie First
- Valerie First, Winter Springs, Florida
1
To be human is to search inside for the knowledge that already exists. It's to realize that you are your own creator.
Julia
- Julia, San Francisco
0
compassion, curiosity, optimism, and the tendency to have anxiety, be diplomatic, have wonder, and want to leave a legacy
Alex
- Alex, Chico
0
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
To be a human means to live your life like a nature's true human.
simaranjit singh
- simaranjit singh, ludhiana
0
To cause destruction..
Kertrice
- Kertrice, London
0
Being human means having the ability to respond to situations in many different ways, by learning from others and thinking of new ideas.
Jonas
- Jonas, Cremorne
0
To be human is to change the environment to oneself rather than to change according to the environment. In short, it is to cheat nature.
Matthew Borders
- Matthew Borders, Georgia
0
To be a member of Homo sapiens period
George Wolff
- George Wolff, Fort Myers, Florida
5
Sharing the concepts of compassion, the beauty in art, and to nurture and love one another without ideology.
Mikey
- Mikey, Missouri
0
to be unique individuals
Candice B
- Candice B, bloomington,mn
3
To be fearful
Valerie Perez
- Valerie Perez, Portland, OR
0
Red sunny image with a human head depicted as a toaster.
To be human is to be capable of believing in things beyong nature and building churches to praise them.
Henyo Barretto
- Henyo Barretto, Brasília, DF - Brazil
0
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
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 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
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
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
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
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
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
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
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
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
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5