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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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Hannah
- Hannah, Canada
1
To be human means to be fated to be recognized as the same species with people who govern your life without your permission
Chris
- Chris, European Union
0
humans are the only animal that believes it should be happy, all the other animals can just be happy.
Shaun Wilson
- Shaun Wilson, christchurch NZ
5
Being human means that we are a highly specialized and evolved being capable of sharing culture through language.
Maddie
- Maddie, Austin, TX
0
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
To reflect upon what it means to be human and share that with others via music, stories, poems, pictures, electrons, and Voyager spacecraft
JB Cassel
- JB Cassel, Richmond VA USA
5
being human means to have this unique sense of awareness and ability to comprehend what is around us in very detailed ways.
sumit karki
- sumit karki, alhambra, CA
0
To live a life of optimism and fulfillment carried on by a good sense of fairness and equality.
Jared
- Jared, New york
0
No clue
John
- John, Lol
0
To be human means to laugh, have fun, have the ability to learn and communicate, to understand and help others and to be an individual.
Mimi
- Mimi, NewYork
0
It means that we have the ability to think, and have flexibility in our minds. We can communicate with language, and show countless emotions
David
- David, London
5
Being human means walking upright, making tools to hunt, communicating with symbols, & having highly developed brains
Sherin Menachery
- Sherin Menachery, College Park, Maryland
0
To cause destruction..
Kertrice
- Kertrice, London
0
I believe that human life is like any other species, we are all just enlonged lived bored, tired, and insane. You are a homo sapien.
R.D Emmy
- R.D Emmy, America
0
To question, discover, explore, our origins and our world.
Mike
- Mike, Michigan, USA
0
To wonder, study, inquire, question, learn, and create. For example: Why are things in the universe the size they are?
Mike Holmquist
- Mike Holmquist, douglas nebraska
3
to be human means to be able to create images purely for beauty.
Cecilia
- Cecilia, DC
5
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
5
Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
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
We solve differential equations.
Tim
- Tim, Charles River
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
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
To think in words.
John
- John, California
5
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
Humans are complicated organisms who start life playing, who work a lifetime struggling to end their life at play.
Cynthia Cote
- Cynthia Cote, Montreal, Canada
5
my cat
Being human is to believe and have hope for yourself.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Baton Rouge U.S.A.
5
Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
5
To be created in God's image.
Marie
- Marie, Wyoming
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
You get to choose how you want to exist, with only a few restrictions on things that must be done to exist.
Ray Ponte
- Ray Ponte, Lakeland, FL
5
It means asking the question "what does it mean to be human?"
Andrew Cantino
- Andrew Cantino, San Francisco, CA
5
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
The ability to decide whether or not compassion is in my best interests.
Slammy
- Slammy, Falls Church, VA
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
5
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5