You are here

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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

Being human form

Please select an image to upload that illustrates your answer to what it means to be human.
Files must be less than 1 GB.
Allowed file types: png jpg jpeg.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Vertical Tabs

The very fact that we consider this question!
Sherylle
- Sherylle, Western Australia
1
i think it means to enjoy life yaaaaaaaaaayyyyy
nick strazz
- nick strazz, berlin CT
4
To express ourselves through our own personalities and lifestyles.To hate, cherish, create, rejoice, forgive, crave, love, to live.
Anna
- Anna, Georgia
1
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
My defintion of what it means to be human is you have a straight body structure, a bigger brain, and you are at the top of the food chain.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
0
Humans have the power of thought to create Gods that share the upright gait and appearance of a particular great ape.
Lonnie Goff
- Lonnie Goff, Tempe, AZ
5
It means many things, but predominantly it means SHAME. Humans biggest legacy will be the destruction of our only home, Planet Earth.
Danraj Appan
- Danraj Appan, Brooklyn, NY(USA)
0
you can't have all the same traits as animals.
Meghan Thomas
- Meghan Thomas, da hood
0
Being human means being able to show compassion to and feel empathy for others.
Emily Waldren
- Emily Waldren, Chicago, IL
4
Being human means growing, learning (growth mindset), evolving, and changing the world. It means making the world a better place.
Nolan Wargo
- Nolan Wargo, Middle School of plainville
0
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
5
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
it means to know exactly the limits in a society and community we live in. would behave as we wanted others to behave to us.(most of us)
ahmad ansari
- ahmad ansari, iran.arak
0
To be able to logically reason through problems we encounter on a day basis.
Chris
- Chris, Missouri
5
Is the potential to overcome our primal roots and recognize the concept of history.
Nathan Dawthorne
- Nathan Dawthorne, London Ontario Canada
0
It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
0
We all came from ancestors but thru out time we have developed diferences in our DNA, yet we are all still so much a like.
Cielo
- Cielo, Woodburn, OR
0
to be human to keep thinking, asking, keep doubt and find the answer.
sutxa
- sutxa, Palistine
0
I think to be human is: to think, to belong, to share, to be part of, to love, to be loved, to be shy, to be bold, to be selfish.
James Zaworski
- James Zaworski, Shenzhen, China
1
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
5
Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
5
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
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
to have a human body with human capacity
Jassir
- Jassir, California
5
To have self awareness.
Randall Wallace
- Randall Wallace, Easton, MD
5
To be human means to be bipedal, innovative, and intelligent. More intelligent than any other organism.
Alex Nemon, 12
- Alex Nemon, 12, Southborough MA
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
Being human is being able to develop your life on planet earth, the most advanced live in harmony with the universe.
Eni de Oliveira Osso
- Eni de Oliveira Osso, Santos, São Paulo,Brasil
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 be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To have abstract thought.
Joshua Watford
- Joshua Watford, Orlando, FL
5