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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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It means to discover evolve and unfortunately destroy our own space "our world " is it really ours?
Diego prado
- Diego prado, Egg harbor twp nj
1
Tower of Babel
It means standing at the dawn of the evolution of intelligence. It's beautiful and scary, and we get only glimpses of where we're going.
Ruben
- Ruben, Netherlands
5
To believe
Walker
- Walker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
0
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
We are to use our minds to improve our quality of life, take care of our niche, and take care of those who follow by growing from our roots.
Andrew
- Andrew, Pagosa Springs, CO
0
It means that we need to be smart enough to know that we don't have all the answers.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
0
To focus on material gains and prominence.
Chaniqua
- Chaniqua, East Jerusalem, Israel
5
to be human to keep thinking, asking, keep doubt and find the answer.
sutxa
- sutxa, Palistine
0
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5
To be human you must not be a monkey.
idk
- idk, Earth
0
DNA.. Nothing more
Christopher Sanders
- Christopher Sanders, Dallas
1
To be compassionate and cognitive. A sentient being with frightining knowledge and apocalyptic capabilities.
Jarrad
- Jarrad, Roma, Queensland
0
To me, being human means that I am able to walk, communicate, and create.
Helene Douglas
- Helene Douglas, Washington, D.C.
0
Be aware of yourself and your environment and discover you can hurt others for your own profit.
Alexander
- Alexander, Barcelona
0
Being human means being creative, having your own opinion, and talking. Humans have feelings, such as love and hate.
Alison Talty
- Alison Talty, New Jersey
0
I think being human is being a leader of animals that we are so similar to. And we are able to lead together despite our colours.
Savannah
- Savannah, North Carolina
0
To be human is to pondering this very question...
Tamara R. Grayson
- Tamara R. Grayson, Derby, UK
1
Knows how to use tools and how to make tools
Elaine
- Elaine, Maryland
3
It means to have a moral sense.
John
- John, WA
0
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
the genetic x physical x social environment interaction gives rise to the stories of our lives- we are our stories/experiences
carol
- carol, ontario
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 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
An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
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 able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
Being Human is something special & I am overcome with joy knowing that I had a chance to be here, to see it & to feel it with my heart!
JT Fulkerson
- JT Fulkerson, Dallas, Georgia
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
Being a human means being an animal. Not so rational (as many others)
Juan Camargo
- Juan Camargo, Bogota
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
I think the questions answers itself. Being human means trying to make meaning of our existence, beyond just surviving.
Meghan
- Meghan, Amherst, MA
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