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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 be able to change the future
jeff coe
- jeff coe, arlington va.
5
Humans are complicated organisms who start life playing, who work a lifetime struggling to end their life at play.
Cynthia Cote
- Cynthia Cote, Montreal, Canada
5
To be human is to have a chin.
Jacob Freedom Germain
- Jacob Freedom Germain, Livermore, CA, USA
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
Being human means being able to understand and choose between right and wrong, good or evil.
Anton
- Anton, Woodburn
0
it means to love one another
wazzup
- wazzup, u.s. vermont
0
Art and mathematics
I have no idea what this means.
- I have no idea what this means., Colorado Springs, CO
0
Being unable to answer the question.
Alan J Paterson
- Alan J Paterson, Glasgow (UK)
0
to be one step closer to GOD!
PHILEMON
- PHILEMON, CAPE TOWN, SPUTH AFRICA
0
being human is he best ever thing ever existed in the existence of life. being human means everything, it's the best thing God ever created.
Prude
- Prude, BAGUIO
0
It means to have emotions that we can openly express, and to have the ability to create tools that surpass those of the animals around us
Rhiannon
- Rhiannon, Pennsylvania, USA
0
What it means to be a human is to be able to socialize. Humans must be able to communicate, have emotions,and be able to walk on their feet.
Tulasi Landes
- Tulasi Landes, Washington DC
4
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
Being human is a constant fight between our instinctual and intellectual sides.
KRISTY
- KRISTY, OHIO
5
Having a highly developed brain, the capability to use it effectively, and our infinitely unique thought process make us human.
Athena Cooke
- Athena Cooke, Lehigh Acres, FL
5
The capacity to discover, to analyze, and accept truths tested through introspection.
bilg
- bilg, Clemson SC
0
How did "life originate?"
John Pak
- John Pak, Northridge
0
to love life and other humans
snow
- snow, jhb
0
Human means to be curious for answers to things bigger than us.
Jay
- Jay, Kissimmee, Florida
0
Being human is to live and explore the world and everything around you.
Rachel
- Rachel, Portland, OR
0
To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
5
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
To do exactly we we're doing now - thinking about it and seeking answers to why we are.
Maggie
- Maggie, Australia
5
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
To humbly realize that we are a small part of the GREAT nature, and have no right to destroy it,but should protect it with our intelligence.
malini
- malini, India
5
An animal that overestimates the ability of its brain to understand its environment.
Bo Moore
- Bo Moore, WY
5
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be human is to be able to adapt to any environment.
Stephanie
- Stephanie, Bronx, NY
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
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
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5