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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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A creation of God with an eternal soul.
Nancy
- Nancy, Brunnemer
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To be human means to be gifted with the freedom of thought but also burdened with the responsibility of choice.
Lucas
- Lucas, Portland, OR
0
To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
5
to empathize and plan ahead.
Naresh Sehgal
- Naresh Sehgal, Santa Clara, CA
0
An arsenal of concepts that manifest as either physical objects and structures or cultural practices.
William
- William, Oregon
0
To wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
1
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
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
Its to be grateful for what we have and fortunately we evolved right in order for us to succeed and survive throughout life!
Leslie
- Leslie, Chicago
0
To be human it means you have the same genetic structure and makeup, and nothing else can change that.
Austin Hed
- Austin Hed, Portland, Or
0
being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
To be curious and to do something about that curiosity - essentially to keep asking "why?"
Katie
- Katie, London
0
The Horse Head Nebula in red light, young bright stars being born.
To be human is to wonder what's around the next hill, or beyond the furthest star. And not to rest until you know.
Steve White
- Steve White, Indiana
1
To be descended from ancient primates millions of years ago.
lizzie collins
- lizzie collins, Belleville,IL
0
To be human is to be a chimpanzee, but with fancier toys, more horrible weapons, and junk food.
David
- David, California
0
It means being conscious of being so, and yet not knowing exactly what does it mean, unless you decide that meaning. (which for me, is love)
Jesus
- Jesus, Peru
0
to make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5
To be human is to look out for each other. But in our country today the greed of Wall Street prevails. Occupy Wall Street.
Garret Virchick
- Garret Virchick, Boston, MA
5
To pretend. Apes do not know how to pretend.
Zoran Tasa
- Zoran Tasa, Belgrade
0
Being human means to be able to constantly evolve, think, speak, and experience emotions.
Kathryn M.
- Kathryn M., South Carolina
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
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 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
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
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 unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
To be human it means that we must have a social life, we must upright and we can solve problems (as well as create them)...
MAx
- MAx, DC
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
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
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
5
Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
5