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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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As J. MacArthur says: "be rational, relational and creative", and I say "so that we can purposefully work out our destiny".
Hamilton
- Hamilton, Panama
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Being human is how we evolved. Our DNA ≈98% similar to chimpanzees but we have further evolved the characteristics that define humans.
Dana
- Dana, Portland, OR
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TO BE HUMAN IS TO MAKE MISTAKES IN LIFE ,TO MAKE MISTAKES IS TO BE A YOUNG GENERATION AND FOR THAT WERE ARE WHAT IS CALLED TODAYS MAN KIND.
SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE
- SHELIMAR GONZALEZ PONCE, NEW BRITAIN CT.
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Being human means to Be.
Petar
- Petar, Nis
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Not to do the mistakes for which we suffer earlier or have seen doing which other suffer.
Debasis
- Debasis, India
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To have a mind that allows you to realize your insignificance. To be a consciousness trapped inside a body from which there is no escape.
Jim
- Jim, Las Vegas, NV, USA
5
To be human is to be capable of self-reflection and inquiry into the origins of the human phenomenon and human uniqueness
Rachel Z
- Rachel Z, La Jolla, CA
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Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
Cheyenne
- Cheyenne, Astoria
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to show that brains can conquer brawn.
Brad
- Brad, Illinois
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To be human it means that you have emotions and desires. Everyone feels a certain way towards something and everyone desires to be perfect.
Kori Lurk
- Kori Lurk, Washington, D.C.
5
To have an open mind towards the word, learn new things everyday, help each other and try to be successful everyday in life.
Javier
- Javier, Portland, OR
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Being human means making mistakes and learning from them. It also means that you have feelings and are social.
Johanna Siegel
- Johanna Siegel, Washington, DC
2
Being Human, means forever asking the questions "WHY ?" and "HOW ?"
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Solihull, England
0
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
5
The ability to control and adapt to our environment including emotional ties, familial ties and environemental ties
M bailey
- M bailey , Los Angeles Ca
0
To be human is to own your humanity. Our ancestors didn't struggle to make sure our species survived just to have us destroy our planet.
Ethel Arauz
- Ethel Arauz, Fayetteville, NC
0
That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
5
It means having feelings and understand other people and other species on Earth.
Linda Johnson
- Linda Johnson, Mesquite Tx
4
To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
5
To express ourselves through our own personalities and lifestyles.To hate, cherish, create, rejoice, forgive, crave, love, to live.
Anna
- Anna, Georgia
1
Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
5
To be able to think about, and act for the future.
Yoshiko Sugahara
- Yoshiko Sugahara, Bethesda, MD
5
To be human is to eat, drink and to be merry. For life is to short to be dull.
Kaleb Kane
- Kaleb Kane, Waterville, ME
5
Christening at an Episcopalian church.
Being human means to be constructed by contemporary social norms.
Aaron Clayton
- Aaron Clayton, Frederick, MD
5
What it means to be human is that we can verbally speak, walk on two legs, can grab things with our opposable thumbs and can feel emotions.
Will
- Will, Maine
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
To be human is to be able to reason about, explore, and alter ourselves and our environments.
Colby
- Colby, Portland, Oregon
5
The ability to communicate with a language possessing a sophisticated syntax.
bhb
- bhb, Suburb of Philadelphia, PA
5
To know more than you should and think less than you could
F Cahill
- F Cahill, Dublin Ireland
5
It means to have a higher level of thinking.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
5
we have certain caracteristics that other animals do not posses, to me being human is to be caring and loving for those who surround us,
Cathy Acevedo
- Cathy Acevedo, San Juan, PR
5
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5
To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
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
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5
We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
5
To strive for the new and best in life, but at the same time to seek it's own destruction
Guillermo Olarte
- Guillermo Olarte, Chino Hills
5
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5