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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 human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
5
To love, live and think to your full capacity.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To eat plants and animals and have big brains.
Kate Budorick
- Kate Budorick, Virginia Beach
5
To be able to predict the future on the base of past experience
Carlo Laudanna
- Carlo Laudanna, Verona (37029), Italy, EU
0
To be human you must be driven by ego instead of nature. To be human you must ask why. To be human you can never be satisfied.
Robert Dombroski
- Robert Dombroski, North Plainfield, NJ
0
primate, bipedal, open language, compassion, violence, the ability to question.
tucker
- tucker, spokane
0
It means to be in the homo genus and act like a normal "human" being.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth , Huffstetler
0
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
To have inlaws.
Jim
- Jim, New Jersey
1
To be human is to understand and research the world we live in, to shape our Earth with technological advancements.
AJ
- AJ, History
5
To be able to make your own decisions and make decisions that aren't primarily based on survival.
Adam
- Adam, Loughborough
0
It means flopping around like a blind little bug in a petri dish.
Richard S Lloyd
- Richard S Lloyd, Helen, (dare I say it?) Georgia
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 coexist and live in harmony with nature. Not to destroy it. To be able to look back and think, "I'm glad to be here."
Kelly
- Kelly, California
4
To be an ape which is aware that it share a tiny world with a large variety of other creatures.
Bill
- Bill, Bowie, MD
0
It means to be flawed and perfectable, wise and foolish, filled with joy and sorrow, in every instant.
Natasha
- Natasha, Albany,NY
0
The ability to think, act, and respond without instinct. The ability to ruin anything that is not human.
Maxine
- Maxine, Pittsburgh, PA USA
5
To be aware that life is not without the responsibility of valuing all forms of it, not in dominion but in equanimity and synergy.
J.T.
- J.T., Washington, DC
1
Man is created in God's image to know God. Humans have 46 chromosomes. Gorillas, chimpanzees, and orangutans have 48.
Jim
- Jim, WI
1
Being Human is to be a part of a species that evolves and will continue to evolve. We should be very proud to be a part of the world.
David James
- David James, UK
0
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
To think in words.
John
- John, California
5
To be human is to be curiouser and curiouser.
David
- David, Escondido, Ca
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
It means you are not a cat.
Benjamin
- Benjamin, Hirn
5
We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
5
To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
5
The ability to question whether or not we are human.
N Fernando
- N Fernando, Christchurch, NZ
5
We are the dominant life forms on earth.
Jacob Roden
- Jacob Roden, Tulsa, Oklahoma
5
We make art, music and tell stories. That's about it.
Sasha
- Sasha, Dallas
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
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 annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
5
we don't adapt to the world, we make it adapt to us
Alexander White
- Alexander White, Houston, Texas
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
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
5
To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
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