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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 reach life's mission of death
Mia Fordson
- Mia Fordson, Malvern, Arkansas
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To survive and to procreate
London
- London, Canada
0
Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5
It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
It means to dream big and fly high, but remembering to be grounded.
Konal S
- Konal S , Roosevelt HS, Portland Oregon.
0
to understand the meaning of this question
rosie b-y
- rosie b-y, ithaca N.Y
0
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
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
Being able to question why we are here and spend our lives finding out
Brii Tyler
- Brii Tyler, Western Australia
0
Homo Sapiens: A creature with intelligence advanced enough to observe itself.
Hmg
- Hmg, India
0
the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
5
To be human is the ability to reason and be reasoned with.
Babatunji
- Babatunji, Nigeria
0
A human is a mammal that can convey ideas and emotions, survive using makeshift equipment, and adapt easily within its environment.
Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun
- Taylor, Miguel, and Stephaun, Canada
0
To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
0
near the end of a long line
Denis
- Denis, floreda
0
To walk on two feet, to think in abstract terms, to imagine
Sue
- Sue, Illinois, USA
5
It means we evolved from hominid ancestors.
Brad P
- Brad P, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
3
it means we are the superior beings on this giant planet.
ashlee righter
- ashlee righter, philadelphia
0
to live life to the fullest
anita miller
- anita miller, losangeles
0
Being human means having a soul. Humans are the only beings with the divine love of truth and the power to investigate it comprehensively.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Philippines
0
We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
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 human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
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
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
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
5
to be human means to be able to create images purely for beauty.
Cecilia
- Cecilia, DC
5
Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
5
being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
5
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
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 remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5