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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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We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
5
One that has the capacity to exhibit compassion for other living things but the cognitive ability not to.
Liz churchville
- Liz churchville, St. Pete, FL
5
Being a human means living yout life for Christ because He gave His for you.
John Brothers
- John Brothers, New Concord, Ohio
5
It means to have a higher level of thinking.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
5
To constantly strive to be the best, yet have the ability to love and understand each other.
Lauren
- Lauren, Oregon
0
Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
5
i think the real question is "why are we here". i mean, the majority of us contribute virtually nothing to the world, so whats the point??
JJ
- JJ, ohio
0
It means that we are able to interact and create complex structures such as societes and technologies and use them to more complex species.
Brian K
- Brian K, Maryland
0
You aren't perfect; you make mistakes. You have the power to change if you have the courage, and you can do whatever you set your mind to.
Carly Rose
- Carly Rose, Portland, Oregon
0
To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
0
Being human means walking upright, making tools to hunt, communicating with symbols, & having highly developed brains
Sherin Menachery
- Sherin Menachery, College Park, Maryland
0
You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
5
Humans have innovation and the ability to improve. They don't stop at adaptation, they continue until what they have is the best for them.
Adam Sharger
- Adam Sharger, High Tech Los Angeles
0
What are authoritative definitions of "human"?
Patrick D. Shannon
- Patrick D. Shannon, USA
0
Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
5
Communication of creative and abstract thought.
Tribble and Linda Gann
- Tribble and Linda Gann, Aurora, MO
4
To be human means that we strive for survival and gain knowledge to fill in the blanks of our curiosity.
Jenny R
- Jenny R, California
0
being human to means being at the top of the food chain and being the most intelligent living thing on earth
antonio
- antonio , roosevelt high school
1
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5
I wish Human meant that we looked beyond survival of the fittest and took care of all life.
T. Smith
- T. Smith, Rochester, NY
5
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5