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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 care for others as much as yourself, to imagine and communicate abstract ideas, to create art, music, and literature and to wage wars.
Rosanne Meer
- Rosanne Meer, Rhinelander,WI
5
To attain happiness for our self and others
williamtan
- williamtan, Malaysia
0
WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
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The most important parts of being human are being bipedal & the brain because they work together to allow us to do great things..
JTHM
- JTHM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
0
people are diffrent from animals because we have the ability to reason and communicate.
chris
- chris, belleville il
0
Being human means to be a woman it means to have an advanced brain to contemplate our own existance and to walk think and work
k.bizzle
- k.bizzle, new york
0
Being human is to have emotion, a conscience, advanced societal structure, complex language, and a highly developed brain.
Mary
- Mary, Silver Spring, MD
0
2 b the smartest most sophisticated species yet the dumbest & most savage. Our ego & belief of our superiority will be our downfall
Jen
- Jen, Santa Clarita
0
It means to be self-conscious not only of oneself as a self, but one who lives a examinded life and who understands that he'll die one day.
Sandro Reis
- Sandro Reis, Danville, CA, USA
0
to see, to feel, to touch to live and to die to decay and return to this planet
Gita Yoanita
- Gita Yoanita, Indonesia
0
to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, TO BE
Tim Nguyen
- Tim Nguyen, Yorba Linda, Ca, USA
0
somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
5
To be able to think about the meaning of being human.
Sepehr
- Sepehr, Gold Coast Australia
2
humans create art, this is one of our highest ideals along with religion. Then complicated language, writing, mathematics and complex tools
Johnny
- Johnny, Kentucky
0
Other creatures don't spend half their lives trying to halt inevitable Death. We do. It's a curse.
C.S. Brineman
- C.S. Brineman, Little Rock, AR
5
The ability to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of the world, but also a great responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Kathy
- Kathy, Canberra
0
five human beings shown in the evolution first very primitiv and the last very modern.
Be Human means to have human children, to feel comfortable among Human beings and to want to interact with other human beings.
Renate
- Renate, Vienna
0
We can do what others can’t, we have larger brains and are able to walk on two legs; these and more gave us advantages over species.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Portland, OR
0
Nothing more than a single step in a journey that is a billion years long.
William
- William, Jax, FL
1
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
We stand on the shoulders of the countless creatures that roamed the earth before us and our shoulders will be stood on.
Keith
- Keith, Auburn, CA
5
Being human means that you have ability to create and invent. This is what sets us apart from the common animal.
Joey Kinning
- Joey Kinning, Deephaven, Minnesota
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
5
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
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
We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
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 engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
5
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
to cry for happiness
Gemma
- Gemma, Dunfermline , Scotland
5
to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
5