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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 create and destroy
Paul
- Paul, Houston
0
To be human is to fear death.
Glynis
- Glynis, Texas
1
To be human is to live in a world of signs of our own making
Steve
- Steve, Perth
5
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
the ability to take care of oneself and to be able to take care of the living things (inculdes enviroment) around them
vanessa
- vanessa, Hawaii
1
Growth and learning through exploration
Katrin
- Katrin, Saskatoon
0
To be a member of the Homo genus, simple as that. Humans are so diverse these days, it's a wonder a new species hasn't arisen yet.
Bobby Johnson
- Bobby Johnson, Australia
0
We have been through a lot in evolution but don't you think we took it to far
hando
- hando, london
0
To serve God and to better the world around us.
Luke
- Luke, Charlotte, NC
1
Humans are the only animal in the world that fear death and can imagine.
Barry Morris
- Barry Morris, Corpus Christi
0
To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
5
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
shaniqua
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
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
it means to have certain values and be original
mishonda polk
- mishonda polk, 4912 monarch
1
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
Compassion, Discovery, Exploration, Love.
Ted Caudill
- Ted Caudill, Oxford, OH
0
To be curious and to do something about that curiosity - essentially to keep asking "why?"
Katie
- Katie, London
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
To have the ability to record thoughts, history and ideas.
James
- James, Maryland
1
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
To be the illusory subjects of a conscious mind through which we interpret the world around us.
Dugald
- Dugald, Scotland
5
To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
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 be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
5
Continuous struggle to come together as one race, Human.
William
- William, Tallahassee,FL
5
to become what we are
alan lavalle
- alan lavalle, glenview
5
To be human is to posses a great mixture of reason and emotions.
Mikha
- Mikha , Miami, Az
5
Being aware that you can die.
David Kemp
- David Kemp, Bolton
5
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5
Humans are very weird creatures. Many traits make us human, more than I could write. In short we make ourselves human, how we do what we do.
Ram Zallan
- Ram Zallan, High Tech LA
5
Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
5
God created us male and female in his own image to know him, love him, live with him and glorify him
Jon
- Jon, London
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
The meaning of being human lies within the realm of judgement...good and bad...with regard to the disposition of our earthly resources.
Tom Berry
- Tom Berry, Chicago, IL
5
Being human deals with cognitive ability, the ability to create tools, being able to see what something could be
jason
- jason, brooklyn
5
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
I think it means we can use our own language and use our own development of tools and or invention
shayne
- shayne, waterville maine
5
Having chosen religions, and communicating it to others across great distances.
Logan Barnes
- Logan Barnes, WA, USA
5