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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 that we know nothing, yet yearn to know everything.
Sandy Emery
- Sandy Emery, Lewistown, MT
0
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
it means that you have skin and that you can speak one of the many languages of the world
blah
- blah, europe
0
To on one hand kill each other and on the other hand have the free time to wonder what it means to be human.
Yuchen Tian
- Yuchen Tian, Richmond VA
0
The ability to Know the age of the universe & our species; pondering whether there is any meaning to all this and asking “Are we Alone”?
Carson
- Carson , Portland, Oregon
0
It means that " we (The owner of the hand mark & his society) are living here".
SAJI.P.M
- SAJI.P.M, INDIA
0
To feel emotion not just live based on primal instincts & a wide range of emotions Humans analyze, discover, pursue dreams & make mistakes.
Rachel K
- Rachel K, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
0
We care about things more than survival.
Yan
- Yan, S.Pasadena, CA
1
It is to ask this very question.
Marcin Krol
- Marcin Krol, Montréal, QC
5
it means we are self aware & inventive tool users with the skills to develop a fast evolving culture & unmatched ability to shape the world.
Stuart Gregory
- Stuart Gregory, Bize-Minervois France
3
Being a human means you're only able to do limited things. You have hands and you're able to walk.
Mary
- Mary, OR
0
people are diffrent from animals because we have the ability to reason and communicate.
chris
- chris, belleville il
0
To learn, decide, love, and recreate so our offspring may do the same.
Kayelani
- Kayelani, California
0
to be spiritually physically mentally and emotionally in tune with the universe
charles
- charles, district of columbia
0
Having a conscience
Mary Miller
- Mary Miller, New York State
0
What it means to be human is language.
Kelson
- Kelson, USA
0
It means to be flawed and perfectable, wise and foolish, filled with joy and sorrow, in every instant.
James
- James, Coronado
0
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
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
it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
Homo sapiens, or humans, are highly intelegent and adaptive bipedal animals, but nothing more than that: animals
Matthew
- Matthew, Illinois
5
To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
5
To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
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
To stare and wonder about your creator
Thano
- Thano, Amstedam
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
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 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
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
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
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
5