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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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

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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
It means to live your life the way you want to, so long as you don't violate the life, liberty, or property of someone else.
Joko
- Joko, San Diego
0
To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
The full awareness of self and others.
Walter D. Shultz
- Walter D. Shultz, 337 Eldorado Circle, Seymour, TN 37865, USA
0
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
Being human is having the ability to live in a social environment and learn from the people around you.
Amelia Ulsh
- Amelia Ulsh, Portland, OR
0
Dance a jig on 5th Avenue with a banana in your ear.
Rich Little
- Rich Little, New York
1
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To choose to love.
Brian
- Brian, China
5
To be both intrigued and afraid of the unknown, and also to feel the desire pursue it.
Aidan
- Aidan, NY
0
To love one another & what the earth has to offer for us to make the most of our lives while we are alive...
johnny Picht
- johnny Picht, rockville
0
To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
4
Being human means to make mistakes and learn from them.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Santa Fe, New Mexico
5
To sing.
Colette
- Colette, Potomac, MD
5
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
0
To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
5
To be human is to not be entirely influenced by instinctual emotions, but also by the light of reason.
John
- John, GA
1
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
To be human is to use your intelligence
Ferg
- Ferg, Mexico
5
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
5
To share qualities in which you can think 'out of the box' and create new things through making mistakes.
Andrea Brygidyr
- Andrea Brygidyr, Toronto, ON
5
The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
5
In the broadest of definitions, to share the "same" genetic material that which dictates our very being.
Brian
- Brian, Illinois
5
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
5
Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
It means that we understand our place in the world.
David
- David, New York, NY
5
To learn and grow in wisdom and understanding.
karen m williams
- karen m williams, santa monica
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
it means that we have a responsibility to preserve our earth's animals and habitats
sanjana
- sanjana, melbourne australia
5
To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
5