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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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Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
5
A human is someone who isn't perfect. Someone who is a anything or anyone they want to be. A human is always different.
Bailey
- Bailey , Raleigh,NC
0
somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
5
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
5
Being human means knowing all that is, ever was and ever will be and, even then, being creative enough to create more.
Fernanda Sena
- Fernanda Sena, Brazil
0
To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
0
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To commit mistakes.
Jose
- Jose, Compton
0
it means to be the highest class of animals that God made to help Him manage the world that He created. :)))
Emem Cruz
- Emem Cruz, Philippines
0
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
Mark Twain wrote that humans are the only animals that blush.
Kevin Horn
- Kevin Horn, Easton, PA
0
War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5
Being able to question why we are here and spend our lives finding out
Brii Tyler
- Brii Tyler, Western Australia
0
it means to make mistakes, evolve, learn new ways to do things, grow up. Embrace it. Accept it as it is.
Champagne
- Champagne, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
0
To be human means to feel emotion, to breathe, to move, to love, to feel pain, to empathize,and to want to succeed
Thatairheadu<3
- Thatairheadu<3, Never land
0
Did you know the 1st word was danger? We communicated back then and do so now in different ways! This is what it means to be human.
OS
- OS, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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