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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 seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
0
To learn from you mistakes, accept your mistake & take tons of risks.
Gaby Benavides
- Gaby Benavides, Virginia
5
It means to be self-conscious not only of oneself as a self, but one who lives a examinded life and who understands that he'll die one day.
Sandro Reis
- Sandro Reis, Danville, CA, USA
0
We determine our fate and destiny. We explore what our minds can understand. Then we must do what we can to contribute to the whole...
Jeremy Pauhl
- Jeremy Pauhl, Hamilton, Canada
0
To be human can't be broken down with just a few words. To be human isn't simple or else life itself would be simple.
Imee Williams
- Imee Williams, Roosevelt HS Portland, OR
5
To be human is to have a culture.
Jenna
- Jenna, NYC
0
it isnt much different from other animals. we walk on two legs is one difference, but monkeys can to. so we are not that unique
marissa
- marissa, belleville
0
War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
A human being is selfish, greedy creature who is utterly careless of the environment surrounding him.
Mariam
- Mariam, Toronto
0
Humans are a social community that use language and sounds to communicate and are continually changing the world.
JV
- JV, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
To love cats
Olive
- Olive, Waunakee,WI
2
Be human is to know our origin and the simple fact of knowing that we are human.
Abner Campanha
- Abner Campanha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
4
To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
0
Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
ege odil
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
0
Being human means to be capable of adapting to environment faster then other species, using intellect rather then pure genetics.
Isabel Kireeff
- Isabel Kireeff , São Paulo, Brazil
0
To be aware that life is not without the responsibility of valuing all forms of it, not in dominion but in equanimity and synergy.
J.T.
- J.T., Washington, DC
1
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
It means to understand we are really all the same underneath different tones of skin.
Lin
- Lin, Williamsburg, Va
2
To be human is to be part of a society that has expectations and aspirations that you are perpetually trying to satisfy.
Jessica
- Jessica, Astoria, Oregon
0
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
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
5
We are the only animal who asks what it means to be human.
Faye
- Faye, Oregon
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
5
Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
5
To create, to love, to empathize, to aide, to build, to dream, to be loved, to see, to know and just to be.
Betsy
- Betsy, Canada
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
To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
5
Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
5
Caring for others, besides ourselves.
Emily
- Emily, Chicago, IL
5
To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
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
We have the ability to change the world - to make Earth a better place or to destroy it.
Melissa Gordon
- Melissa Gordon, Front Royal, Virginia
5
Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
5
It means we are at the top of the food chain
Joe Brown
- Joe Brown, New Zealand
5
To be Human means to experience. Since we are the sum of our memories, the more we can experience, the more Human we can become.
Russell Senior
- Russell Senior, Detroit, MI
5
It means that we are all one big group and can do everything together and all we have to do is try.
Katelin Gobel
- Katelin Gobel, Onalaska, Wisconsin
5
To be human is to form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
5