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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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It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
0
It´s means that we have the hability of collective learning
GenaroBar
- GenaroBar, México City
0
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
5
To be human is to think and be aware of your thinking process. To be human is to respond and to calculate your responses.
Viqar. H
- Viqar. H, New York
0
To start small and weak and grow to amazing lengths, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Judith T
- Judith T, Roosevelt HS
0
The only animal that has the capacity to make machines
Christian Rioux
- Christian Rioux, Canada
5
To try and understand
Brendan
- Brendan, Ireland
1
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
5
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 be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
5
Being human involves interdependence. We depend on one another for emotional support, for employment, for food. The list is endless.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
0
To be able to choose to serve something other than yourself
matthew
- matthew, austin, tx
0
Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmone
1
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
Of belonging to a homo sapeins
abiodun emmanuel
- abiodun emmanuel , lagos
0
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
a bipedal that is called a human
big time loser
- big time loser, idk
3
Being human is being bi-pedal,being able to think and communicate abstractly,adapting to surroundings and learning and making new things.
Mrs. McPhee's Class C
- Mrs. McPhee's Class C, Litchfield Middle School
0
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
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 love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
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
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 human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
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
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
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
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
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5