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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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Human means being able to fill out the "word verfication" blank in order to submit a comment on what it means to be human.
bej
- bej, USA
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I think that being human means that you have a voice, a voice that can be heard.
Caitlin
- Caitlin, United States
5
Unique from anything else in the world. No two humans are alike. We have the intelligence to know we were created by God.
David
- David, Dallas, Texas
1
to be human to keep thinking, asking, keep doubt and find the answer.
sutxa
- sutxa, Palistine
0
Silver haired Library Lady shares an ecstatic moment with a 7 month old baby while he flips tiny blossoms into the sunshine.
We exhibit more counter-productive behavior than any other species. Mostly though, I love the music and dancing, and the irrational love.
Eve Birch
- Eve Birch, Martinsburg, WV
5
2 b the smartest most sophisticated species yet the dumbest & most savage. Our ego & belief of our superiority will be our downfall
Jen
- Jen, Santa Clarita
0
it means to be able to put a mark on the world as a testament of your own existence...
Sayak Chakraborty
- Sayak Chakraborty, Kolkata, India
0
Humans are distinct from all other creatures in their ability to express themselves.
Julia Barrett
- Julia Barrett, Torrance, CA
0
Knows how to use tools and how to make tools
Elaine
- Elaine, Maryland
3
To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
Curious, love of beauty, meaningful relationships w our world and its creatures, while habitually making choices that destroy what we love.
Rebecca
- Rebecca , New Hampshire
0
I thimk therefore I is
Reynard D'Argent
- Reynard D'Argent, California
0
Being human is to die. There is no purpose to existing one day everything that youve done won't matter no one will remember. Everything dies
Edge McJohnson
- Edge McJohnson, Australia
0
To live and be productive
Hingle Mcringleberrry
- Hingle Mcringleberrry, school
0
To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
4
We roam the earth and explore the endless universe in hopes of finding the meaning of why we exist and what it actually means to be human.
Steven
- Steven, Austin, TX
1
Freewill to make choices, to Love, to Think,
Donna
- Donna, Covington Kentucky
1
to me being human means to be smart and new, we define how our planet works today.
alexandria carter
- alexandria carter, portland, oregon/ roosevelt high school
0
To be human is to be aware of oneself, living, supporting, providing for oneself and others in contribution to the entire human community.
Jason
- Jason, Brim
0
to be human means to be free and turn into more adapted orginisims
walter kroll
- walter kroll, springfield ma
0
To build.
Jeremy
- Jeremy, MD
5
Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5
The privilege of consciousness, at the cost of having a conscience; altruism
Jack P
- Jack P, Rutgers
5
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
5
To cultivate knowledge through experiences and interactions between others.
John Irvine
- John Irvine, Irvine, CA
5
Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
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 know you will die
theresa
- theresa, ga
5
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
It means we are smarter with the ability to use symbolic language and we must survive on technology or we could be extinct or endangered.
Morgan Berard
- Morgan Berard, Maine
5
To not only understand, interpret, and react to the world around you; but also to imagine an entirely different one.
SchublaKhan
- SchublaKhan, Iowa
5
The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
5
The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
5
The only thing that is uniquely human is art. We are the only creature that can synthesize into reality what is only in our mind.
Stewart B. Carson
- Stewart B. Carson, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
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 Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
5
We are the only organism capable of willingly witholding reality from ourselves
lyman
- lyman, KC
5
To honor your ancestors and your children.
Howard Pobiner
- Howard Pobiner, Dobbs Ferry, NY
5