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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 be stewards of creation, rule wisely, to make the earth sacred space, be image bearers, and to sum up the praises of creation.
Jason
- Jason, USA
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Being human is to love and be loved. It is the ability to feel compassion for all living things and to act in their best interest.
Jan Aubrey
- Jan Aubrey, Milwaukee
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to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
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humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
5
To be human means to make friends, have a family, to live our lives just like any other living animal on Earth.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
0
part of this earth arising from it, and able to look out with awe and wonder
Hugh matheson
- Hugh matheson, Kenora ON
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Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
5
To be able to lie in the anatomical position and to have visible and anatomical similarities between each being
Rachel Irvine
- Rachel Irvine, Ontario Canada
0
Humans are bipedal creatures that have big brains, exhibit higher thinking, use tools, and express themselves through art, language, music.
Cayla Hailwood
- Cayla Hailwood, CA
0
Being human means being called human by others you recognize as being like yourself.
Mute
- Mute, New England
0
To know with understanding, and to care with tenderness, while not seeking recongnition.
DeVault
- DeVault, Hemingway, South Carolina
1
Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
0
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
It means to share the characteristics and learn from other homo sapiens
Felix Daverio
- Felix Daverio, NSW
0
To be able to reflect on what you know and feel
George McCarthy
- George McCarthy, Austin, Texas
0
To have everything and want more.
Kira, Age 13
- Kira, Age 13, California
5
Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
5
to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
...to be aware the times before anyone that you ever knew was alive.
Kathryn w. Kemp
- Kathryn w. Kemp, Jonesboro, GA
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5
The meaning of being human is to care for one another and to have the ability to pass on knowledge.
Keelan DeVogt
- Keelan DeVogt, Waterville High
5
To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
having the responsibility of taking care of the earth we live on and helping all that request it
dakota
- dakota, akron OH
5
taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
5
Humans perform altruistic acts without apparent benefit, and are less hairy than a typical mammal.
Fred Whiteman
- Fred Whiteman, Albuquerque, NM
5
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
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 is a constant fight between our instinctual and intellectual sides.
KRISTY
- KRISTY, OHIO
5