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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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It is not enough to learn how to survive, we have to learn how to live. It is not enough to discover, we have to find our purpose.
David Tabari
- David Tabari, Oklahoma City, OK
1
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
To understand and practice compassion
Savi Goonasekera Swick
- Savi Goonasekera Swick, Unknown
1
To be human is to be aware of our individuality and mortality and to desperately seek meaning in our brief existence.
Daniel Cox
- Daniel Cox, Sacramento, CA
0
Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
5
To have faith.
Alexis
- Alexis, South Carolina
1
To be human means pretending you aren't an animal.
Kelly Brasel
- Kelly Brasel, Glen Carbon, IL
5
I don't think there is a set meaning to being human we all are different and think different things, being different from others
Kayla
- Kayla, Idaho
0
Being human means being able to ask the most simple, yet at the same time, the most complex question: "Why?"
Joe Kozlowski
- Joe Kozlowski, Tucson, AZ
1
"To be human is to be corrupt, it goes hand and hand."
Stacy
- Stacy, Alabama
0
to be human means to be a mamal and have the ability to think, understand speech, speak and memorize information.
nadia
- nadia, maryland
2
primate, bipedal, open language, compassion, violence, the ability to question.
tucker
- tucker, spokane
0
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
It means that we need to be smart enough to know that we don't have all the answers.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
0
to be human means to subside within the community
Tom Grellas
- Tom Grellas, Mexico
5
Human is the evolution of speech.A beautiful compination of logic,sentiments,soul and spirit that interacts with the world creating history!
Salama
- Salama, Greece
0
To have life
Alexander Simpson
- Alexander Simpson, brock middle schhol
0
To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
5
It's a big surprise.
wungyh
- wungyh, MSU
0
To be alive, and have FUN!
Richard
- Richard, New York
0
To be human means to only be able to do so much. I also agree with andrew shely from new york.
Deziree rosignon
- Deziree rosignon , houston,texas
5
To have opposable thumbs and and the knowledge to use them to the greater good of the universe
Stephanie
- Stephanie, KY
5
Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
5
To ask this question. We are the only animals that wonder, not just feel.
Dirk Mulligan
- Dirk Mulligan, Kentucky
5
To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
5
To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
5
To form complex, dominant, social cities, states, and nations.
James
- James, LAKELAND, FLORIDA
5
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
5
Being human means being self-conscious or self-aware. It is about creativity and individuality within a community.
Angela
- Angela, Eugene, Oregon
5
To be a moral rational agent. To be of the species Homo sapiens sapiens. To have empathy towards the human species.
Brian
- Brian, California
5
I'm thinking that it means to learn from your mistakes, to adapt, and to find the wonders in life. What a hard thing to answer...
Drake Duhaylonsod
- Drake Duhaylonsod, Roseville, Michigan
5
Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
5
To know love, ethics and do non-survival but hard efforts.
Amir
- Amir, Virginia
5
To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
Being human means we remember our grandparents and earlier ancestors. As humans we have the ability to write poetry and equations.
Michael
- Michael, richville
5
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5