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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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being human is he best ever thing ever existed in the existence of life. being human means everything, it's the best thing God ever created.
Prude
- Prude, BAGUIO
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To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To wonder about things such as what does it mean to be human.
Mike
- Mike, Oregon
0
To care, to wonder, to seek.
Olivia Groshong
- Olivia Groshong, Los Angeles Ca
3
A human is someone who isn't perfect. Someone who is a anything or anyone they want to be. A human is always different.
Bailey
- Bailey , Raleigh,NC
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Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
5
To realize that though we have different physical features, we have all developed the same traits that enable our existence in this world.
Kay
- Kay, Maryland
0
To be human you dont have to be smart but you must walk upright and have cloathing
Julie
- Julie, CA
0
What differentiates us from Neanderthal is our trading habits. Humans are the only species that trade over larger geographical distances.
Reindert Daniels
- Reindert Daniels, The Netherlands
0
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 be able to reflect on ourselves
Annette Bierschenk
- Annette Bierschenk, Washington DC
0
Being human means you are expected to treat all others equally. We are all born humans, no more, no less.
Blaize H
- Blaize H, Portland, OR
0
We wear clothes. What other creature does?
Henry Norr
- Henry Norr, Berkeley, CA
0
You do not have to be perfect
Hannah
- Hannah, Canada
1
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
1
Being human means to socialize, create change, & use tools. Through communication, human beings changed the world and continue to do this.
SMSLGL
- SMSLGL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To be human is to be part of a society that has expectations and aspirations that you are perpetually trying to satisfy.
Jessica
- Jessica, Astoria, Oregon
0
To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
5
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
5
To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
5
Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
5
Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
to be ALIVE!!!!!! and live and to eat poop pee and sleep
billy bob
- billy bob, minneapolis
5
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
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
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
To be human is to be conscious.
James B.
- James B., College Park, MD
5
Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
5
To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
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
To have the ability to love and be loved despite knowledge and understanding of flaws and failures.
Mom
- Mom, Dacula, GA
5
To know you will die
theresa
- theresa, ga
5
If asking separates us from other life, it is just that - we see it necessary to separate ourselves from all others.
Tony
- Tony, Rocky Face, GA
5