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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 use eating utencils... some of the time
Meghan
- Meghan, Alexandria, VA
1
Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
0
To commit mistakes.
Jose
- Jose, Compton
0
fun
po
- po, melrose
0
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
being able to have compassion for species other than our own
bernardette
- bernardette, washington dc
1
To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
4
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
To be human means to grow our thinking. We store info so we can dedicate time to find new information, helping us evolve our surroundings.
GBMBTP
- GBMBTP, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To be human means to cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
0
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
0
Being human is to use our senses to the best of our abilities and to be able to record thoughts, history and ideas
Jimmy
- Jimmy, Maine
2
To be human is to mate and get energy to survive and pass on our DNA
Blake Tirado
- Blake Tirado, New York
5
being human means ahead then all animals most modern, intelligent, strongest of all.
Priyanka
- Priyanka, malad
0
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
5
Being able to understand why I have the instincts I do and reject those which are unhelpful.
Helen
- Helen, London
0
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
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
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 human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
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
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
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
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
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 learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5