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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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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
It means that " we (The owner of the hand mark & his society) are living here".
SAJI.P.M
- SAJI.P.M, INDIA
0
Caretakers of our own species as well as ALL other species. Let's not forget the Earth too.
Triste
- Triste, SG
0
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
Humanity is the best and worst thing to ever happen to this planet.
Melissa
- Melissa, Sacramento, CA
0
To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
0
To be able to make/use tools for not only survival but also convenience, and knowing how to share, learn, sympathize, and respect.
Jenny K.
- Jenny K., Torrance, CA
0
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
To be human is to love the organized chaos that we call our world.
Page H.
- Page H., Washington, DC
3
To be human is all about performances. Because life is never a rehearsal.
Leo Pramasatya
- Leo Pramasatya, Indonesi
0
Not to do the mistakes for which we suffer earlier or have seen doing which other suffer.
Debasis
- Debasis, India
0
To BE Human is to Love. To simply and wholly Love.
Jacob
- Jacob, Kentucky
0
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
5
Being human is being connected to others through relationships that vary in their degree of centrality to our everyday living.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
0
Humans wonder about their world and wonder, "What If?" ;about their future and wonder, "Why Not?"
Lon Brouse
- Lon Brouse, Grand Junction, Colorado
0
to be human means to live, create, dream, and progrees.
walter kroll
- walter kroll, springfield ma
0
To be like most apes, but a little more curious and a little more stylish in a fedora.
Pat
- Pat, East Lansing
0
Many People,different ages ,all smiling
Being human,Hmm...To love and grow to adulthood and have an education to listen and have a social comunity
Daphne
- Daphne, Woodbridge,Virginia
0
Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
0
To create art ...
Stella
- Stella, Paris
4
To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
5
To create, to share, to pray to The Lord and to die, to be judge for what we've done and to make better future
Karina
- Karina, Indonesia
5
Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
5
Speech (whether oral or manual) or speech potential
Jan Cannon
- Jan Cannon, garlandcannon@yahoo.com
5
It means that although we are individuals, we all came from the same factory.
Mary
- Mary, New York
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
To be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
To struggle, with hope and love and kindness.
Lisa
- Lisa, Spencer, NY
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
5
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
We are able to create new things.
Sean
- Sean, San Francisco, CA
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
being human is to advance whether it is in evolution, knowledge, art, etc.
Noah
- Noah, Arizona
5
It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
5
To be made for communion, to have self- and social awareness to give, to have a moral sense, and to be able imagine the transcendent.
Joshua B
- Joshua B, Maryland
5