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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 have ambition, the need to help other people, the ability to feel compassion, to love for more than the need to mate.
Theo
- Theo , Washington Dc
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To be human is to be the elements of the universe made manifest to explore itself.
sgreco
- sgreco, earth
0
Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
5
Man is the animal who laughs.
Joni
- Joni, South Carolina
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
To be human means that you are a living being who thinks, works, and tries every single day.
Ellie
- Ellie , Portland, OR
5
To be human is to be aware of oneself, living, supporting, providing for oneself and others in contribution to the entire human community.
Jason
- Jason, Brim
0
To be a conscious being, capable of speech and complex thought, as well as emotions and ritual tendencies.
Katelyn
- Katelyn, Canada
0
To be human means to be your own, to have a special, unique personality. It is an honor and every minute of every life should be charished.
Sarah
- Sarah , wilmington, NC
4
To question, discover, explore, our origins and our world.
Mike
- Mike, Michigan, USA
0
people are diffrent from animals because we have the ability to reason and communicate.
chris
- chris, belleville il
0
To be capable of asking such a question.
Justin Graves
- Justin Graves, Wilmington, NC
0
We create tools for different uses, are social, can communicate, record, and express our thoughts and ideas with language and symbols.
Allison
- Allison, HTLA High School, California
0
The ability to use our brains and bodies to adapt and progress as a community.
Hayle
- Hayle, Portland, OR
0
To be insecure and arrogant enough to ask what it means to be human.
Ben Siegel
- Ben Siegel, NY
1
To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
Katelan King
- Katelan King, USA
0
To evolve and adapt to your surroundings, and making a better and easier life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
0
i think it means to enjoy life and be the higher species.
caleb funk
- caleb funk, sweethome oregon 97386
0
Humans are unique and curious creatures with complex emotions and natural problem solvers.
Karla
- Karla, Astora, OR
0
To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
Sam Chadwick
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
0
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 human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
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 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
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
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 have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
Julius Feldmann
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
5