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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 know love, ethics and do non-survival but hard efforts.
Amir
- Amir, Virginia
5
being human is being able to understand that we share life with all other creatures, present & past, on this planet.
Linda Wilshusen
- Linda Wilshusen, Santa Cruz, CA
4
To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
1
It means that you are an animal with senses for survival.
Rachelle Robinson
- Rachelle Robinson, Md
1
a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
3
Animal that doesn't think it's an animal. To destroy, to experience emotion and feeling.
Ashley
- Ashley, South Dakota
0
Being human means you get to do things that animals can't do, like standing on two legs and using a certain type of language.
Zach Celaya
- Zach Celaya, High Tech High LA
0
To be human means to use your brain, love, talk, socialize as well as share life and soul with other people.
VKAMEG
- VKAMEG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
To be human is to feel, love, create, conquer, and believe.
Ty
- Ty, Astoria, Oregon
0
To be human means to evolve and become a better society. We keep evolving and making changes.
Josh
- Josh, California
0
The weak DID inherit the earth. Humans have no natural defenses, no claws or sharp teeth, yet we rule over all that we survey.
Richard m Rossi II
- Richard m Rossi II, Providence, RI
1
Being human means that I can analyze any given situation, climate or predator.
Robin S. Long
- Robin S. Long, Trinidad
0
Conscience, connection, continuation.
Kate
- Kate, Seattle, WA
0
Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
Keilen
- Keilen, Canada
0
To question
Stephan C
- Stephan C, Renton, Wa
0
Being human is being able to read, hear or see something and then being able to feel emotion from it.
Inigo
- Inigo, Australia
0
Being human is being connected to others through relationships that vary in their degree of centrality to our everyday living.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
0
Map of the Achafalaya and Mississippi Rivers
Humans are the most aggressive and intelligent with an historical consciousness: we store evidence/information of our past for the future.
Fred Welfare
- Fred Welfare, Huntington, NY
5
to be able to love!:)
maddie
- maddie, WI USA
0
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
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 created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
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
Being human means having worries, hopes, fears, and the capacity to fulfill these.
BOB
- BOB , Houston, TX
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
The ability to ask "why" and find an answer with the same mind. All while loving.
Marshall Pickel
- Marshall Pickel, Gainesville, Fl
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5