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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 think and ponder over and above that which is needed for our survival. To analyze the environment. To think over complex problems.
Tzh Utmep
- Tzh Utmep, Pakistan
0
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
5
To think, to feel to have empathy, to want more for your children than for yourself
Gavin Brannan
- Gavin Brannan, Mississippi
0
To deal with the knowledge that someday we are going to die, and there is nothing we can do about it, and we know nothing of it.
Zachary
- Zachary, Sweet
0
Being human is to be part of a species that has been able to largely transcend its animal nature and adapt to a diversity of environments.
Allan
- Allan, San Diego
1
consciousness and the ability to question "creativity" and the unusual desire to control nature, instead of live with it.
anthony Krajci
- anthony Krajci, horsham Pa
0
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
To have the duty to glorify the God through worship. To trust IN HIM; rather than to trust in man's fallible, unproven theories.
Josiah
- Josiah, USA
0
To be human is to stumble and fall, but always try to get back up again.
Will
- Will, Missouri
0
Being human means having the ability to love.
Hannah
- Hannah, Atlanta, GA
1
That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
0
To wonder and fear what the future has in store for us.
Kaitlin Smith
- Kaitlin Smith, Saint Joseph
0
Communication of creative and abstract thought.
Tribble and Linda Gann
- Tribble and Linda Gann, Aurora, MO
4
...to be human is, paradoxically, to be an animal dominated by the belief that it has been created by a god in his image...
horacio h. martinez
- horacio h. martinez, caracas
1
The ability to use our brains and bodies to adapt and progress as a community.
Hayle
- Hayle, Portland, OR
0
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5
To be human to be be artistic in everything we do. Humans have art all around them everyday and live life in the influence of art.
Alyssa Jones
- Alyssa Jones, Washington, D.C.
0
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
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 have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
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 love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
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
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 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 practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
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
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
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 learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
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