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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 having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
Bailey
- Bailey, Astoria
0
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
love hurts
to be human is to love and hurt
Jonathan Mc Cormack
- Jonathan Mc Cormack, South Africa
1
It means to be creative.
Bader
- Bader, Australia
0
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
To have a written language and the ability to communicate through words and symbols. To be tame yet animalistic when necessary.
Alva Peguero
- Alva Peguero, San Diego, CA
4
to be human means to be free and turn into more adapted orginisims
walter kroll
- walter kroll, springfield ma
0
It means we are just one tiny part of a beautiful primate legacy!
Marjee
- Marjee, Washington DC
0
Unique from anything else in the world. No two humans are alike. We have the intelligence to know we were created by God.
David
- David, Dallas, Texas
1
The pinnacle of creation, the Image of God, called to love and serve Him in all we do.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
1
To be human means to be fated to be recognized as the same species with people who govern your life without your permission
Chris
- Chris, European Union
0
Being human means knowing that other possibilities can happen.
Heather
- Heather , Arizona
0
There is a lectotype for Homo sapiens, see the International Commission for Zoological Nomenclature website. It's Carl Linneaus.
Dave
- Dave, London
2
To be Human is to strive for the stars...THERE lies our true immortality.
Wulf Zeiler
- Wulf Zeiler, Adelaide, Australia
5
To explore that not explored, understand that not understood, dream that not dreamed, and live more than can be lived.
Brian M
- Brian M, Pickering, Ontario
0
To have the ability to differentiate your actions and consequences.
Jon
- Jon, Maryland
1
To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
5
human are mammal that change and tranfrom into baby to a teen to adult
gianni
- gianni, new york
0
To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
0
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
To have the ability to learn.
Willow
- Willow, UK
5
Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5
Apparently the 1.6% of genes we don't share with the other species of chimpanzee.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
Shootin' stuff, smoking, drivin, eating french fries, drinkin beer n watchin football. Pretty much anything we can do that monkey's can't.
Greg
- Greg, Saranac Lake, New York
5
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
To hurt.
Alex
- Alex, China
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
5
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
John
- John, Indiana
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
5