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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 have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
a higher organism
Fran
- Fran, Cleveland
0
We have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
J. Garza
- J. Garza, California
0
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
5
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
5
To me to be human means you live, love and dream.
Shelby
- Shelby, Chicago
1
To have the ability to learn and change our ways because of it.
Maxine Newbury
- Maxine Newbury, Coventry England
0
to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
5
To have the ability to differentiate your actions and consequences.
Jon
- Jon, Maryland
1
It means being the topdogs in the foodchain
Dirk
- Dirk, Australia
3
having the most complex neuron web of connections and therefore having the most developed consciousness amongst organisms.
Deniz
- Deniz, Turkey
1
To explore macroscopic and microscopic, improve ourselves to the point war no longer exists.
Lee
- Lee, Florida
1
When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
Richard
- Richard, Houston, Texas
5
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
A person who's not a animal. They have characteristics that separate humans from animals. We change the world and do things differently.
Mallory
- Mallory, Iowa
0
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
5
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
Being human means you get to do things that animals can't do, like standing on two legs and using a certain type of language.
Zach Celaya
- Zach Celaya, High Tech High LA
0
no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
5
How we live our lives in relation to others.
Michael SandFlorida
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
0
To be human means pretending you aren't an animal.
Kelly Brasel
- Kelly Brasel, Glen Carbon, IL
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
5
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
The "me" or "I" evolved. From whence did it come? The answer to that will deepen our understanding of what it means to be human.
Harry Jacobson
- Harry Jacobson, Harvard, MA
5
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
5
Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
5
to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
5
The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
5
To work for the honor of doing one's best.
ellen pearl
- ellen pearl, clarksburg md
5
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
You understand consequences.
Barbara
- Barbara, Eastern Shore, MD
5
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
Grace
- Grace , Middle School
5
To be human is to believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5