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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 pinnacle of creation, the Image of God, called to love and serve Him in all we do.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
1
To have inlaws.
Jim
- Jim, New Jersey
1
I think being human means we all have minds, and biochemical make-up of our bodies and knowing how to use them together makes us human.
Nancy Thompson
- Nancy Thompson, Longview, WA
1
To be human means to innovate and change the world. Humans are constantly changing and making new tools which rivaled other animals.
JWLB
- JWLB, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To understand the essence of being a human
karen cabang
- karen cabang, philippines
0
To Be Human Means To Have More Than Just Thoughts Of Wonder But Also Thoughts Of Fear And To Not Know Whats Going To Happen Next
Jack Clarkson
- Jack Clarkson, Palm Beach,QLD
0
it means we are the superior beings on this giant planet.
ashlee righter
- ashlee righter, philadelphia
0
It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
0
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
Soon we'll become something else, as those before us.We share with the universe, expanding beyond our comprehension so dance & make music
Bo Svoronos
- Bo Svoronos, Melbourne, Australia
0
Being human means to communicate socially with your peers using language and symbols to innovate as well as change the world day by day.
LHKAIA
- LHKAIA, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To be human is to understand morality and ethics.
Cindy D
- Cindy D, Rutgers-Newark
1
Human desires to leave marks after life, keeps memories of the deceased, and purposely pass it to future generations.
Shih Wang
- Shih Wang, Weston, West Virginia
0
to see, to feel, to touch to live and to die to decay and return to this planet
Gita Yoanita
- Gita Yoanita, Indonesia
0
To be insecure and arrogant enough to ask what it means to be human.
Ben Siegel
- Ben Siegel, NY
1
The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
0
To just be you and enjoy life
matthew
- matthew, Astoria, OR
0
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
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
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
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
5
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
We have language,understanding,symbols and much more. We have grown a very complex culture that is only found within our species.
jennifer mcneil
- jennifer mcneil, chilliwack bc canada
5
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
5
I don't know if humans are the only animals that can think about the future, but we're the only ones who can talk about it.
Gerry L
- Gerry L, Beaverton, OR
5
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
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 overcome struggles, to explore new lands, and to find our place in this world.
Hannah Voorhees
- Hannah Voorhees, Durham, North Carolina
5
To live, to feel, to love, to give, and connect with a Higher Power.
Rose
- Rose, Ohio
5
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
To be human, is to be mostly conscious of our actions, and, in turn, to be really weird about it.
Alex
- Alex, Kenosha, WI
5
To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
5
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
5
To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
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 part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
5