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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 be capable of understanding and deciding, "What it means to be human."
Taylor Vendetta
- Taylor Vendetta, Cape May, New Jersey
2
To be human means you are the only animal to realize that there is no objective meaning or purpose in this pointless life.
Nihilist
- Nihilist , USA
0
Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
0
To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
5
it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
5
Dance a jig on 5th Avenue with a banana in your ear.
Rich Little
- Rich Little, New York
1
To have the duty to glorify the God through worship. To trust IN HIM; rather than to trust in man's fallible, unproven theories.
Josiah
- Josiah, USA
0
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
5
To love each other
Ash
- Ash, Gloucester
0
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
To be human is to strive to increase knowledge based on evidence, and to be increasingly free of superstition, dogma and ignorance.
James
- James, Maine
0
To care for one an other
Hermioni
- Hermioni , Hogwarts
0
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
To be human is to look up, wondering why. Is to have no answer about many things, and keep asking. Is to keep searching, never knowing what.
Vitor Dantas
- Vitor Dantas, Salvador, Earth.
0
To just be you and enjoy life
matthew
- matthew, Astoria, OR
0
To be human is to realize that the world, the universe is much much bigger than whats around you. To use imagination and to think.
Gavin Alward
- Gavin Alward, Port Angeles, Washington
2
to me being human means to be smart and new, we define how our planet works today.
alexandria carter
- alexandria carter, portland, oregon/ roosevelt high school
0
To be human is to be able to worship, to ask critical questions, to aspire.
Corrie
- Corrie , Minnesota
0
Is being able to ask ourselves the meaning of our existence and having the opportunity to share ideas through complex technology!
Ana
- Ana, Calgary, AB
0
To be human is to posses a great mixture of reason and emotions.
Mikha
- Mikha , Miami, Az
5
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
5
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
5
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
5
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
5
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5