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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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well for me it means that we have a lot of responsibilities in life and that we have a reason in life too
edgar
- edgar, Roosevelt High
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Did you know the 1st word was danger? We communicated back then and do so now in different ways! This is what it means to be human.
OS
- OS, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human is the capacity of create philosophical theories and not to be able to follow them.
Ema Berta
- Ema Berta, Portugal
1
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
To Think and shape the world around us.
Jason
- Jason, Tucson
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To be human is to be part of a society that has expectations and aspirations that you are perpetually trying to satisfy.
Jessica
- Jessica, Astoria, Oregon
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To be Human, is to be conscious of a self, aware he is conscious and wonder about it and wants to know what it is
Balasubramanian
- Balasubramanian, India
2
To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
1
Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
5
Pic of me feeding baby raccoon
Caring, compassion, nurturing, similiar yet different, intelligent, in God's likeness w/great capacity for love; the positive aspects.
Wendy
- Wendy, Grand Blanc, Michigan
1
Spend $500 on a pair of shoes because you're going to die anyways.
Bailee
- Bailee , Compton
1
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
5
Being human means knowing that other possibilities can happen.
Heather
- Heather , Arizona
0
Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
5
The ability to communicate with your species, having culture, bipedalism, and being able to adapt to the changing enviroment is being human.
Tiffany
- Tiffany, University of Cincinnati
1
to be a human and what makes u unique from everything else is that we can do things ourselves.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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To be human is to find meaning in the things unknown and the things unseen.
Alice
- Alice, New Zealand
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It means to be able to work and cooperate together.
Sam
- Sam, Portland, OR
0
Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
0
To be consciously aware of yourself and to be capable of using language, feeling complex emotions, and understanding abstract thought.
Dip Patel
- Dip Patel, Ohio State University
0
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
To be human is to live life to the best you can . By being truthful, honest, and with compasion to others .
Jerome Canniff
- Jerome Canniff, pa.
5
To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
5
To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
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
To contribute to our world and to the lives of others in a helpful way, and making decisions as to how to accomplish that task.
Zach
- Zach, Green Hill Zone, Mobius
5
being human is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
5
it is part of life evolution
Michel Tchang
- Michel Tchang, St Cloud Minnesotta
5
To have a basic goal to expand your bubble of intelligence.
Raymond Friend
- Raymond Friend, Collegeville, Pa
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
It means we are smarter with the ability to use symbolic language and we must survive on technology or we could be extinct or endangered.
Morgan Berard
- Morgan Berard, Maine
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
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
The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
5
Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
Being human means being self-conscious or self-aware. It is about creativity and individuality within a community.
Angela
- Angela, Eugene, Oregon
5
To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
5
The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
5