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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 a human means to have the ability to love
Kate
- Kate, PA
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
To be human is to understand at a higher level of cognition one that involves not only intellect but morals the effects of our actions.
Zainab
- Zainab, Boston
4
to be able to learn and think, be a homo sapiens, and to be created in the image of God
Stella
- Stella, New York
0
He chooses the way of his life and the way of his manner according to sensations and emotions,but rarely he thinks! So he is a human!
Masoud Masserrat
- Masoud Masserrat, Iran
0
To learn more about the world than what is needed to survive. To explore for the sake of exploration.
Joe Keiper
- Joe Keiper, Martinsville, VA
0
To be human means being very intelligent but very destructive at the same time
Rolando
- Rolando, Gonzalez
0
We are here to give life meaning
Pedro
- Pedro, Fort Collins,CO
1
to live on earth with a brain a spine no claws and live civilized
angelina
- angelina, nc
0
To be human is to feel. To be human is to be sad, to be happy, to love and to hate. We learn and we grow, to human is to feel.
Lexie
- Lexie, Melbourne
0
Superiority to other life forms makes us human.We embark in a quest for uniqueness.
Daniel
- Daniel, Douglas, AZ
3
To be human is to strive for knowledge; whether that knowledge be from our own past or for future endeavors.
Joel Housheolder
- Joel Housheolder, Wayne, Nebraska
0
Nothing more than what it means for a bird to be a bird
Josehp
- Josehp, Queenstown, Newyork
0
I think being a human means changing. If you think about it we all came from a relatively similar past but changed in our own ways.
Gabby Mathews
- Gabby Mathews, springfield, mo
0
To be human is know ourselves and what surrounds us
Antonio
- Antonio, Rimini, Italy
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 have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Croaby
- Angus Croaby, Hong Kong
0
It means to understand we are really all the same underneath different tones of skin.
Lin
- Lin, Williamsburg, Va
2
to share and to take care of one another.
lena
- lena , location
0
To be able to construct a society and think about the world around us.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, Windermere, fl
0
to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
5
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
5
we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
5
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
to more complex than animals in terms of our mechanisms of thinking and appreciation of aesthetics
Piangfan Naksukpaiboon
- Piangfan Naksukpaiboon, Thailand
5
Bipedal,vertical spine,no-split upper lip, straight&large big toe,symbolic sense,hierarchical society,high adaptability,jaw moves side ways.
Patricia Wang
- Patricia Wang, Baltimore, MD
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
5
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
to be human means to stick together keep are earth clean come as one and be gods children no matter what you belive in
lynn
- lynn, atlanta,georgia
5
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
Being human means that you have the ability to ask questions: How?Why?When?Where?etc and then look for answers.
Roepesh Jagernath
- Roepesh Jagernath, Suriname
5
Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
5
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5