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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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Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
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
To know that we are ordinary beings
Hillel
- Hillel, Philippines
0
We are but one of many known and unknown species. Created from an ongoing process enabled by earth's position relative to our star sun.
JW
- JW, Salt Lake City, Utah
4
Human means being an ape that can throw stright. Bipedal platform for throwing jump started humankind.
Elliott Greer
- Elliott Greer, South Carolina
0
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5
Having to brush your teeth!
Sage Bitter
- Sage Bitter, Seattle WA
5
To be human is to use our brain to evolve beyond our 600 million years of animal past and become part of a sustainable mosaic of life.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh, North Carolina
5
Since you are reading this i assume you are human therefore to be human is simply to be.
Marcos Escobar
- Marcos Escobar, Long Beach, Ny
3
Being human is how we evolved. Our DNA ≈98% similar to chimpanzees but we have further evolved the characteristics that define humans.
Dana
- Dana, Portland, OR
0
Understanding my reason for existance is what makes me human, without that we are just an animal.
Mike Sanders
- Mike Sanders, Brinkley, Ar.
3
it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
Being human means being creative, having your own opinion, and talking. Humans have feelings, such as love and hate.
Alison Talty
- Alison Talty, New Jersey
0
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5
To be human is to feel. To be human is to be sad, to be happy, to love and to hate. We learn and we grow, to human is to feel.
Lexie
- Lexie, Melbourne
0
It means you breathe oxygen and bleed blood.
Amy
- Amy, Purvis
4
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
It means to be part of the species group Homo sapiens, and the ability to have complex language skills.
Caitlin McKee
- Caitlin McKee, Falls Church, VA
0
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
5
Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
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 have the ability to love and be loved despite knowledge and understanding of flaws and failures.
Mom
- Mom, Dacula, GA
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
5
to posses rational thinking and be able to create things not possible before in earths history.
Steven Belstra
- Steven Belstra, Michigan
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
5
To err is human.
Michael
- Michael, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5
To be human is to believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
5
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