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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 lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
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To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
To be human means to be unique and to love yourself for being you.It also means to be yourself and not try to be someone else.
Landon
- Landon, Denver,CO
0
We are a species who can be compassionate but yet to the other extreme still ignorant to the rest of the species on the planet.
Ron
- Ron, Minneapolis, MN
0
it means to have certain values and be original
mishonda polk
- mishonda polk, 4912 monarch
1
A human being is selfish, greedy creature who is utterly careless of the environment surrounding him.
Mariam
- Mariam, Toronto
0
Being capable of envisaging the universe and at the same time being capable to envisage the concept of absolute nothingness.
Michael Montero
- Michael Montero, Yorba Linda, California
5
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To have reason, thought, and the ability to learn and memorize information.
Remington
- Remington, Belleville
0
Being human means to have complex thoughts and to be bipedal.
Brianna W.
- Brianna W., Belleville
0
To be human means you can love on Valentine's Day!
Kit Kat
- Kit Kat, Mira Mesa
0
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
0
Being Human means being able to express oneself individually, to strive to better ourselves and our world.
Cody
- Cody, Astoria, Oregon
0
human beings are one of viruses favourite ways to make more viruses
chistletoe
- chistletoe, usa
0
ethics, morality & the ability to reason
Lynn Aylward
- Lynn Aylward, Gainesville, FL
0
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5
it isnt much different from other animals. we walk on two legs is one difference, but monkeys can to. so we are not that unique
marissa
- marissa, belleville
0
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
the ability to feel your own pain as well as the pain of others
Bennie Webster-Mann
- Bennie Webster-Mann, Maryland
5
To be able to see ourselves and know who we are and where we came from.
Anne West
- Anne West, Alabama
5
To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
5
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
To be intelligent but lack wisdom.
Elaine
- Elaine, Coffs Harbour
5
To be human is destructive and wipe other species out
Jacob
- Jacob, Oxford
5
To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
5
Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
To hurt.
Alex
- Alex, China
5
To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To have a soul
Thomas Ciskowski
- Thomas Ciskowski, Indiana
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5