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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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Being alive and breathing and imagining new technologies.
Émilie
- Émilie, Richmond, QC
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To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
5
To understand that we are created to fulfill a purpose on this earth and not just put here to exisist for our own agendas.
tm
- tm, NC
5
To be human is to give an account of your life after you die,so make good use of it , animals not so.
Walter
- Walter, llioydminster
0
IIt means having logic and reasoning. That is was truly seperates us
Jedi
- Jedi, Hoth
0
Being a human, being an animal, a living thing in general means... nothing.
Nihil
- Nihil, Point Nemo
5
The skill to surpass anything in our way using our minds.
Rhett Torralba
- Rhett Torralba, St. Louis, Missouri
0
We create our own environment and we destroy our own environment.
Annette
- Annette, West Virginia
5
To be human means pretending you aren't an animal.
Kelly Brasel
- Kelly Brasel, Glen Carbon, IL
5
To be human means to be intelligant and to be the dominate species. Also to be able to be in our state of mind.
Courtney
- Courtney, The Springfield Renaissance School
0
to sit in an chair and wonder
Boussemaere
- Boussemaere, Belgium
0
to be able to have & express emotions in words & body language, and to understand the emotions of others by their words & body language
Rachel
- Rachel, United States
0
To be human you dont have to be smart but you must walk upright and have cloathing
Julie
- Julie, CA
0
Understand the world and act to better our future and do good to others. 'Greater' talents come with greater responsibilities
mik
- mik, mauritius, indian ocean
0
is to live life an to be 1 of a kind or follow the herd to create from your imagination and bring it to reality to leave a mark or fade away
Jermain.L
- Jermain.L, ny,New york
0
To be able to be incredibly eccentric or crazy and be called the greatest of our time.
Willow
- Willow, Nevada
5
To be human is to have the abilities of compassion, reason, and coexisting with everything in nature.
Sharnae
- Sharnae, Duluth, MN
0
being human means ahead then all animals most modern, intelligent, strongest of all.
Priyanka
- Priyanka, malad
0
To vote.
Katrina
- Katrina, MI
0
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
It means to have knowledge and the ability to care for and reinvent our surroundings to keep evolving.
Alan
- Alan, Michigan
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
Being human is using rational thought to survive when instinct won't suffice, and bestowing kindness when rational thought leads us astray.
Jackie
- Jackie, California
5
To act upon curiosity.
Dan
- Dan, Boston
5
To be human is to be no different than any other life on this planet...and know it.
sean
- sean, nm
5
You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To have "me" or "I" reside deeply inside me. Sentience. To see the world through another's inner eye. Empathy.
Clive van der Spuy
- Clive van der Spuy, Johannesburg
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
5
to be failliable
Caitlyn D
- Caitlyn D, nyc
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
5
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
5
To have active adapability of both mental behavior and physical enviroment within a single individual.
David
- David, Providence, RI
5
Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
5
it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
5
to wonder
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5