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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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to know that God created us, each in his likeness. Genesis 1:26 "then God said let us make man in our own image."
Danielle
- Danielle, Maryland
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Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
1
Being human means walking upright, making tools to hunt, communicating with symbols, & having highly developed brains
Sherin Menachery
- Sherin Menachery, College Park, Maryland
0
To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
0
Being human means to communicate socially with your peers using language and symbols to innovate as well as change the world day by day.
LHKAIA
- LHKAIA, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
5
The weak DID inherit the earth. Humans have no natural defenses, no claws or sharp teeth, yet we rule over all that we survey.
Richard m Rossi II
- Richard m Rossi II, Providence, RI
1
Language which gave our entire species schizophrenia which is modulated to some small extent by our innate tendency to care.
Edwin Young, PhD
- Edwin Young, PhD, Ignacio, CO
0
It means that we're above and more powerful than all of the other animals.
Tyler
- Tyler, Waterville, Me
1
To be human, means that we are able to partake on a journey using our minds, across planet Earth.
Anna
- Anna, DE
0
To be human is to want to make an impact on the world, to make our name known, to be unique, and most importantly, to be loved.
Gabrielle
- Gabrielle, Washington
1
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
To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
5
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
Focused Curiosity
Andrea
- Andrea, Canada
0
i like being a human because you can run walk talk and eat nice food and sleep on a bed and have shelter.
elenoa
- elenoa, mangere, auckland
0
To be human is to have a truly, ridiculously, absolutely gigantic BRAIN.
Kate Miller
- Kate Miller, Providence RI
5
Being human allows me to look in the mirror everyday and see the handiwork of God our creator.
Todd Roberts
- Todd Roberts, Springfield, Ohio
5
To have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
0
to have a conscience
dominique
- dominique , las vegas
0
Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
5
To be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
5
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
5
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5
To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
5
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
being human is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
5
Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
5
The ability to grasp concepts like Fire manipulation, Humility, Respect and Manners... things that can't be taught to lesser animals.
Nathanial Miller
- Nathanial Miller, Winnsboro Louisiana
5
We are aware of our own thinking.
Sarah
- Sarah, Virginia
5
Both individually and as a group, we exist in the past, present and future. This triad influences who we are and how we make our decisions.
Elizabeth Campanella
- Elizabeth Campanella, Hamilton, VA
5
Being human means understanding that we do not control the world. The Earth controls us.
Michael
- Michael, Omaha, NE
5
being human is to wonder, to love, to be teased or to tease,to share secrets, to make friends but most of all just to be
Izze curtis
- Izze curtis, Germany
5
To have a full thought process, a way to communicate with other being, have a curious nature and do whatever you want.
Allie
- Allie , Waterville, Maine
5
To create simply to improve the way we live.
Klaus Weiswurm
- Klaus Weiswurm, Texas
5
To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
5
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
We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
5