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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 me to be human means you live, love and dream.
Shelby
- Shelby, Chicago
1
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
Understand the world and act to better our future and do good to others. 'Greater' talents come with greater responsibilities
mik
- mik, mauritius, indian ocean
0
To have the intellectual capacity to save the world or destroy the world, yet still be unable to make a clear choice between the two.
Michael Dalpee
- Michael Dalpee, Highland, MD
1
being human is not understanding what being human is
Tabitha-alice
- Tabitha-alice, BLACKBURN HIGH SCHOOL
0
To be a human means to be able to communicate, advance technology and love each others differences.
Sage
- Sage , NC
0
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
We have telephones.
Jose L. Cuevas
- Jose L. Cuevas, Berwyn
0
To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
5
To be able to take decisions by using a sequence of reasonings not only based on instinct.
Bruno Lumachi
- Bruno Lumachi, Monza, Italy
5
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
To know love, ethics and do non-survival but hard efforts.
the thinker
- the thinker, uk :0)
0
to be human, you need to be a speaking,living, cultural being
Mike
- Mike, USA
0
I think to be human is to be living life and having your own state of mind.
Alissa
- Alissa, Springfield
0
It means that we have been created in the image of God. We are not animals at all. We are as far from it as we can get.
Catherine
- Catherine, Alabama
1
To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
5
To be human is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
5
To believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5
Being human means that you can be free!
Emily
- Emily, Waterville
5
I wish Human meant that we looked beyond survival of the fittest and took care of all life.
T. Smith
- T. Smith, Rochester, NY
5
Humans take control of nature, rather than living at the will of it.
Naomi
- Naomi, Brooklyn
5
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
To be creature, and yet reflective of the creator.
Brad
- Brad, Robinson, il
5
to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
5
The ability to question. The ability to plan for a future that doesn't include one's self.
Terrell Robinson
- Terrell Robinson, La Place, La.
5
A dog knows that it is a dog; but a human KNOWS that it knows that it is a human.
Chaz Passmore
- Chaz Passmore, Surrey England
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
to think, and cooperate with others.
Donna
- Donna, NC
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
5