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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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Humans are animals, and the only thing different that we do than other animals is pay taxes. Therefore to be human means to be taxed.
Laura
- Laura, Dallas
3
To be Human is to constantly seek meaning in the world around us, and trying to understand our purpose in this universe.
Katelin
- Katelin, CA, USA
0
We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
0
to create things, to make the world better.
andy
- andy, PA
5
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
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
It means that we are made in the image of God, the Creator.
Jerry
- Jerry, Virginia
0
Having the capability to think rationally and share feelings with other humans
Mary Frank
- Mary Frank, Richland College
0
Having cash
Matt
- Matt , Melrose, MA
0
A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
J. Patrick Malone
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
0
To be human is all about performances. Because life is never a rehearsal.
Leo Pramasatya
- Leo Pramasatya, Indonesi
0
Humans are able to misconstrue reality and form an infinite amount of outcomes within our heads. No other animal has this capability.
Jason Peixoto
- Jason Peixoto, California, United States
0
Being a human means that we are able to innovate and create ideas out of our abstract and imaginative minds, including emotions.
Jay
- Jay, California
0
In order to be human, one must have the ability to communicate, contribute to society, and to have a good conscience.
Jake
- Jake , CA
0
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
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
It means human have the desire to get something in life and wisdom to analyse the life..
Sara Sheikh
- Sara Sheikh, Pakistan
0
Being human means learning new things in life, understanding your feelings, other people feelings, and what you want to do in life.
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
0
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
It means creating toilets and sanitation.
Fredward
- Fredward, Montgomery, AL
0
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
To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
5
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
5
Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
5
to think about the past, future, life, to feel love and hate and explore and create and imagine
m
- m, classified
5
I wish Human meant that we looked beyond survival of the fittest and took care of all life.
T. Smith
- T. Smith, Rochester, NY
5
To make something useful to someone and create joy for a loved one; create happiness.
Issy
- Issy, Chicago
5
We work together to prevent disasters, and to help victims when we don't succeed.
Wes
- Wes, Atlanta
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
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
5
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To be human allows you to destroy the planet and other animals without asking permission!
Chris
- Chris, Pa
5
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
Art. Using symbols to convey more complex (infinitely more complex) concepts or meanings. Art, writing, music, what have you.
Clare Follmann
- Clare Follmann, Bronxville
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 make mistakes, know how and why you made that mistake, learn from it, and then to imagine how to go even further.
Anthony Silvino
- Anthony Silvino, California
5