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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 human means to be created in the image of God
Daniel
- Daniel, Maryland
0
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
to be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
5
what it mean to be human is to have skill ,learn ,teach
Bronson and Gio
- Bronson and Gio, Renaissance school
0
The force binds us together and let's us create what ever we want like McDonald's food
Obi Wan Kenobi
- Obi Wan Kenobi, Tatooine
0
the ability to engage in and communicate abstract reasoning.
Erik
- Erik, Washington state
5
To create and perpetuate Culture, is to be human.
Magdalena
- Magdalena, Wisconsin
0
Being human means that you have to be annoying, aggressive and sly to live.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Cheon
0
Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
5
eating nachos
iman
- iman, jess
0
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
To be human means to see problems in different perspectives and to think and communicate in complicated ways.
Ariel
- Ariel, Phoenix, AZ
4
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
Imagine the possibilities, set goals to realize them, then share with others in various communication modes.
Janet Podolak
- Janet Podolak, Mentor, Ohio
3
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To be human means to accept one's own action both good and bad and live to learn from them.
Alex Fregoso
- Alex Fregoso, Canada
0
The ability to actively pursue new ideas for the benefit of others
Robert J. Lewis Sr
- Robert J. Lewis Sr, Hemet, Ca
3
To be human, is to be created in the image and likeness of God, our creator.
Caleb
- Caleb, California
0
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
to have a sense of self and an identity, with thoughts and feelings
gabi
- gabi, Maryland
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