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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 commit genocide on those who are not necessarily in direct competition and are aware of and fear death - hence religion.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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It means being the topdogs in the foodchain
Dirk
- Dirk, Australia
3
Shadow of family cast by vert. bands of blue and yellow light. Dad holds phone.
“Being” human requires self-awareness, emotion, curiosity, creativity, & adaptability. Knowing, feeling, wondering, dreaming, achieving.
Johanna Oakes
- Johanna Oakes, Spokane, WA
3
Humans communicate by complex language, thoughts and being creative. We celebrate different cultures, beliefs and customs.
Maheshi Gammanpila
- Maheshi Gammanpila, Los Angeles
0
To create and perpetuate Culture, is to be human.
Magdalena
- Magdalena, Wisconsin
0
Being an expression of the totality of the universe.
Ena
- Ena, South Africa
0
Having the ability to think, learn, make, improve , empathize , help, teach, share and most importantly evolve as a being..
Ava
- Ava, Philippines
0
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
5
Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
Keilen
- Keilen, Canada
0
To be human is to recognize yourself in others..
Christina Nichols-Whittaker
- Christina Nichols-Whittaker, Oklahoma City
0
To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
0
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
To remember and, eventually, to forget--and to be cognizant of both of these things to the point that either can make you sad.
Chris
- Chris, Arlington, VA
5
Humans question things that animals don't such as Where do I come from, What happens after my life ends, and Why am I here.
Valerie
- Valerie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
5
To evolve mentally not physically, and have human emotions.
Annie
- Annie , Washington, DC
5
be born, contribute/improve mother earth, discover, reproduce.
adrian
- adrian, florida
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
To have the gift of seeing our own uniqueness and yet our oneness and interconnectedness with all else on the planet
Joshua Courtenay
- Joshua Courtenay, Sheffield University
0
To have the ability to learn and change our ways because of it.
Maxine Newbury
- Maxine Newbury, Coventry England
0
People Of The World
Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
To be unsure of your origin but possess the tools to hunt for that origin.
steve
- steve, ohio
5
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
Eman Ekaf
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
5
To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
5
To be able to laugh and joke.
Sheila
- Sheila, Connecticut
5
To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
To reflect on one's self. To empathize and objectify. To be moral and insane. To struggle, dream, wonder, regret, dance, hope and create.
Elizabeth Day
- Elizabeth Day, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
5
To "be human" means to be a member of the species Homo sapiens. What sets us apart from other primates is our higher mental faculties.
Daniel
- Daniel, Montreal, Quebec
5
We are the only species that builds upon previous generations. In other words, my generation did not have to invent the wheel again.
Michael
- Michael, Raleigh, NC
5
This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
5
Maybe a lot less than we are capable of even thinking. All animals feel pain, many show compassion and communicate, love higher beings.
Ken
- Ken, Massachusetts
5
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
To be on the top of the food chain.
Steve
- Steve, Wheaton, MD
5
To sadly, not be a wizard
Bree
- Bree, Middle Earth
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
To have hair, drink milk, & have a special earbone, (a.k.a. be a mammal).
Adam
- Adam, Portland, Oregon
5
To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
5