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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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To understand the essence of being a human
karen cabang
- karen cabang, philippines
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thinker and not physically strong
Alireza Ebrahimi
- Alireza Ebrahimi, Iran, Bushehr
3
It means that we have the ability to create and cherish the arts, our environment, different species, and each other. Please do so often.
Michael Hollman
- Michael Hollman, Oakland, CA
0
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
5
it means to be able to put a mark on the world as a testament of your own existence...
Sayak Chakraborty
- Sayak Chakraborty, Kolkata, India
0
Being human is being created in the image of God for the purpose of glorifying God. Having relationship with Him is the measure of humanity.
Ken Chalupnik
- Ken Chalupnik, United States of America
1
To be able to construct a society and think about the world around us.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, Windermere, fl
0
to learn from the past, live the present and dream for the future
Emma
- Emma , Mauritius
5
To be able to realize that our basic goal in life, and the purposes of both science and religion are to become perfect.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5
To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
5
To be human is to be documented.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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 feels like i'm the most luckiest person on earth to be a human. We have so many advantages while people back then sometimes had to suffer
Smritii
- Smritii, 1356 west 235th street
0
having a chin and a forehead.
Jasmine
- Jasmine, New York
2
Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
To be human means to share qualitative behaviors with many other animals but to share some of those at greater quantity with fellow humans.
Helena
- Helena, Sweden
0
being human is the ability to have resiliance.
katie pollard
- katie pollard, alexandria, va
1
To be able to think and plan ahead for the future. To not be held back by simple instinct.
Jonathan Zackariah Moore
- Jonathan Zackariah Moore, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
0
To live not just survive.
Tom Hamilton
- Tom Hamilton, UK
0
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
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
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 unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
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
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5