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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 is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
5
Means to be one of the most adaptiv creature on the Earth, to be in a permanent evolution and single animal capable to lie very well
GeoMatei
- GeoMatei, Bucharest, Romania
0
Humans are unique and curious creatures with complex emotions and natural problem solvers.
Karla
- Karla, Astora, OR
0
Humans can think beyond what can be seen, creating new ideas. Using them to change our evolutionary path and our surroundings.
Clinton Williams
- Clinton Williams, Golden horseshoe, Canada
0
To be the best people in the whole entire universe. And to also fool our family's traits and customs
Jaffrey
- Jaffrey, Duluth, MN
0
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
To be fearful
Valerie Perez
- Valerie Perez, Portland, OR
0
To mainstream
Hipster
- Hipster, Some place on Earth
0
It means you are able to read and comprehend that your species, homo sapiens, resides at the top of the evolutionary ladder.
Roger
- Roger, Phoenix
0
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
To communicate, be spiritual,experience a full range of emotions.Create a life beyond basic survival with unlimited possibilities.
Ann P.
- Ann P., Greensboro, North Carolina
5
Characteristics define us. Larger brains helped us and gave us the ability to invent tools. Also we are able to communicate with each other.
Johanna
- Johanna, Portland, OR
0
To comprehend time as a linear progression, the basis for understanding the value of memory and its importance in planning for the future.
Walter Koch
- Walter Koch, Earlysville, Virginia
1
To be human is to be capable of self-reflection and inquiry into the origins of the human phenomenon and human uniqueness
Rachel Z
- Rachel Z, La Jolla, CA
0
To be human is to be complex, beautiful, ecstatic, sad, and hopeful all at once.
bobbie Coverman
- bobbie Coverman, Austin, Texas
0
To be a human means to know the difference between right and wrong.
Lonnie Fahl
- Lonnie Fahl, Modesto, California
0
live, breathe, know people, and survive.
Seamus
- Seamus , Murphy
0
what means to be a human is that it means god was the person who made everyone and me.
briana
- briana, 1/82 favona road mangere
0
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