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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 have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
J. Garza
- J. Garza, California
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To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
5
Being a human might sound easy but with being a human come a lot of responsibilities.
Jovany R.
- Jovany R., Roosevelt high school Portland Oregon
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To be human is to want to make an impact on the world, to make our name known, to be unique, and most importantly, to be loved.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle, Washington
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Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5
Mark Twain wrote that humans are the only animals that blush.
Kevin Horn
- Kevin Horn, Easton, PA
0
To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
4
It means to be created in God's image, but imperfect.
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Pennsylvania
0
Being Humans means that we use can use symbolic language and that we used collective learning to leave our homeland (Africa)
Jacob Montgomery
- Jacob Montgomery, Maine
1
Being human means to know God in a personal way and having a personal walk with Him. We should do our best in this world to please Him.
Adam
- Adam, Woodbridge, VA
1
To be human is to be bipedal, communicate, and to be advanced.
Nella Hugbru
- Nella Hugbru, mass
0
To be greedy, our greatest weakness. To think...To dream...To love
DoubleH
- DoubleH, Canada
0
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
To be human is the unique and unrepeatable opportunity to think about what you are and be aware of it
Diego Sanchez
- Diego Sanchez, Asuncion, Paraguay
0
being able to communicate and make things because we are special animals can't make things
hannah
- hannah, brentwood, TN
0
to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
5
It means that you have thumbs you can move and your smart. But you are still animals.
Marky Eads
- Marky Eads, Arroyo Grande
0
To glorify the creator of all living things.
JunKim
- JunKim, CA
1
Being human is to have emotion, a conscience, advanced societal structure, complex language, and a highly developed brain.
Mary
- Mary, Silver Spring, MD
0
Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
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 have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
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
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
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
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 be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
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
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5