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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 are the jewel of God's creation, made in his image for the purpose of being in relationship with each other and with Him.
Steven Griffin
- Steven Griffin, Oxford, Mississippi
1
Being human enables us to communicate with each other unlike any other species using symbolic language.
Chris Hale
- Chris Hale, Waterville
1
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
5
Having the ability to create technology, be inventive, communicate in a language, and be social and loyal in a structured society.
Alexandra
- Alexandra, Portland, OR
1
The most important parts of being human are being bipedal & the brain because they work together to allow us to do great things..
JTHM
- JTHM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
to be the most egotistical organism on the planet
Emma
- Emma, OK
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
0
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
frighteningly flexible
ug
- ug, ugville
0
Being a human means being able to dominate the animal kingdom and to be the top of the food chain.
marty
- marty, washington dc
0
To love, to share, to hope!
Hari Krishnan
- Hari Krishnan, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
0
To be human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, California
1
Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
0
I think that being human is having the ability to analyze, communicate through spoken language and writing, and express and feel emotions.
Impana S.
- Impana S., College Park, Maryland
0
It means we have the responsibility to take better care of each other, the planet, and the other species.
Ed Meyers
- Ed Meyers, Washington, DC
1
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
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
Creado a imagen y semejanza de Dios
Coalserco
- Coalserco, http://bibliafamilia.blogspot.com.es/
0
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
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
To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
5
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
5
To be human is to attach meaning to meaningless things.
mio
- mio, md
5
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
To have a full thought process, a way to communicate with other being, have a curious nature and do whatever you want.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
If dogs like you and come up to you wagging their tails to be petted, then you are human. :)
RJE
- RJE, Potomac, MD
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
5
To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
5