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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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the ability to communicate with language
zoran
- zoran, sydney
0
To have morals and a spiritual being.
steven bickel
- steven bickel, louisville kentucky
5
To be human means to make friends, have a family, to live our lives just like any other living animal on Earth.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
0
To be human is to be at the forefront of the complex and exciting search for the answers to the question of biological origins.
Jason Hairston
- Jason Hairston , Roanoke, VA
0
To explore, to find. To question, to answer. To learn, to teach. To live, to love.
James
- James, Victoria, Australia
0
live, breathe, know people, and survive.
Seamus
- Seamus , Murphy
0
I believe humans must be able to express complex emotions such as love <3
Jason Hsiao
- Jason Hsiao, University of Maryland
0
Conscious enough spiritually to understand that all living things are just as aware which can elicit as much pain as joy.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Abingdon, Maryland
5
It means nothing. Even a human raised by wolves, with little conception of emotion or self-awareness is still human
Alex Ultahan
- Alex Ultahan, London
3
Being human is to want to know everything but to know (almost) nothing.
yilmaz
- yilmaz, izmir
0
to be humanist atheist rational, o love all beings
Loay Ashry
- Loay Ashry, Egypt
0
To live as Jesus walked
Reuben Rinaldi
- Reuben Rinaldi, Downing town, Pa
0
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
To be human means to feel emotions and learn to be able to deal with hardship, to know from right and wrong, and learn and grow.
Hanna
- Hanna, Portland
0
To be a conscious being, capable of speech and complex thought, as well as emotions and ritual tendencies.
Katelyn
- Katelyn, Canada
0
we live we laugh we love. we have problems and find a way to fix them. were not perfect. and i love it
anthony
- anthony, sparta. NJ
2
Being human is being connected to others through relationships that vary in their degree of centrality to our everyday living.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
0
It means you think being human is special.
Viveka
- Viveka, San Jose
1
Being human is a person that is distinguished from an animal.
garen
- garen, washungton dc
0
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
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