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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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We can be better than what we are all living.
Kanani
- Kanani , Chicago,Il.
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the ability to discern right from wrong. The ability to define and understand good. To think past human nature and the desire to control.
Venancio Duque
- Venancio Duque, Scotch Plains NJ
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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
as the third smartest spcies on the planet (preceded by dolphins and mice) we have a responsibility to not kill ourselves and others
Griffin
- Griffin, Canada
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To be human is to question and quest.
Jessica
- Jessica, Pennsylvania, USA
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It means human have the desire to get something in life and wisdom to analyse the life..
Sara Sheikh
- Sara Sheikh, Pakistan
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by encompassing as much as possible to the fullest of your potential while ensuring the positive growth of the world around you .
arnaldo del rio
- arnaldo del rio , madrid
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To be the most evolutionary advanced organism on planet Earth.
John K.
- John K., Waterville, ME
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 have the ability to wonder
Conner Bickford
- Conner Bickford, Roseville, CA
1
Being human is knowing you have the ability to do anything you want, but use reason to restrain ourselves.
Michael
- Michael , Boston
0
to be human meens to serve your purpose in life
alison
- alison, md
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Being human means to be a woman it means to have an advanced brain to contemplate our own existance and to walk think and work
k.bizzle
- k.bizzle, new york
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To be human is to be of the only surviving hominid species, a bipedal ape that is known for its development of brain and hand.
Tauras Vilgalys
- Tauras Vilgalys, Los Angeles, CA
5
To be human is to always want to try to understand the world that we live in and shape it to meet our needs.
John Dohring, III
- John Dohring, III, Schenectady, NY
5
To know that we are ordinary beings
Hillel
- Hillel, Philippines
0
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
5
Being human, is being able to love and hate,to have complicated thoughts and Ideas, but most of all, being able to love.
Bradley
- Bradley, Texas
1
I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
5
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5