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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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Being human means taking responsibility for ourselves, our species, our world, and the billions of diverse organisms we share it with.
Lucy K.
- Lucy K., Arizona
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To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
5
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
To be human it means you have the same genetic structure and makeup, and nothing else can change that.
Austin Hed
- Austin Hed, Portland, Or
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As humans, we have the ability to affect change in the world on a global scale through our knowledge and perception of the world around us.
Jennifer W
- Jennifer W, Museum of Natural History
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To care for one an other
Hermioni
- Hermioni , Hogwarts
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Being human means knowing all that is, ever was and ever will be and, even then, being creative enough to create more.
Fernanda Sena
- Fernanda Sena, Brazil
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Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
5
Being human means walking upright, making tools to hunt, communicating with symbols, & having highly developed brains
Sherin Menachery
- Sherin Menachery, College Park, Maryland
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To be capable of showing your love for others through words AND actions.
Maria S.
- Maria S., Portland, OR
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Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
0
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
It means language, fire control, clothing, knowledge, inner control and, above all, God seeking.
Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez
- Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia
0
Being human means, having self control, profound intelligence, and being able to express one's self in a variety of ways.
Taylor Gaskins
- Taylor Gaskins, Washington, DC
0
To be a human means to understand the power we have over our ecosystem and the consequences that a negative decision can make.
Robin A
- Robin A, Fayetteville
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Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
Being human means asking questions and exploring what it means to be human. This website is a fantastic example of that! Kudos!
Beatrice Afrangui
- Beatrice Afrangui, Potomac, MD
1
Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
1
Our fully conscious mind - and all the marvellous and troublesome implications that come with nature's most incredible development..
Ned
- Ned, Australia
0
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
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