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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,to love people, to explore,to learn
- YU-CHIEH , Taiwan
To reason and not to mention, evolve
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
to be smart
- marie, springfield
Being human means to be able to evolve at a faster rate than any other living organism on the planet, and having an imagination to do so.
Shannon Perucatti
- Shannon Perucatti, South Africa
Human means to be a marvelous and incredible creation by God. Humans have an eternal soul. Read the Bible, God will reveal truth to you.
Nancy Brunnemer
- Nancy Brunnemer, Colorado
The joy of existence in an elevated plane of understanding and our shame in not being able to find our footing in that plane
- Donald, Arizona
To create your own world utterly different from anybody else's, and yet try to understand theirs.
- Katharine, State College, PA
To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
Carter Marzineck
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
"To be human is to be corrupt, it goes hand and hand."
- Stacy, Alabama
It means asking the question, "What does it mean to be human"
Martin Heidegger
- Martin Heidegger, Germany
To be human it means to evolve to freedom, to emancipate himself from the nature inside of us and consciously create own being.
Vit Ronovsky
- Vit Ronovsky, Czech Republic
to be blinded by your own self importance as a species, you risk distruction of the ecosystem, for short term greed based motives
- kevin, kansas
Someone with feelings and emotions.
- Kat, L.A
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
To be human is to have a conscience that can collapse a reality out of an infinity possibilities at each instant of the lifetime.
- Gerard, Venezuela
To lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
to be human means to reproduce and have a female or male spouse
- john, denver
it means having to wake up at 6:00 to go to a job or school and to work your life away. -No I won't freaking fix it
bob the builder
- bob the builder, you know(;
Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
- Keilen, Canada
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
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
- Rachael, Australia
It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
We are the only species who say to ourselves, "I could do that better." We instinctively use one advance as a platform for the next.
Christoher McGuire
- Christoher McGuire, Fort Worth, Texas
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
Humans perform altruistic acts without apparent benefit, and are less hairy than a typical mammal.
Fred Whiteman
- Fred Whiteman, Albuquerque, NM
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
To overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
- Rose, Ohio
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
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA