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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 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 err is to be human. - Some Greek Dude probably
Jason K
- Jason K, Emmaus, PA, USA
0
Humans love, hope, fear, and respect other humans, for the most part. They know they are mortal, and are inherently good.
Elliott Hayes
- Elliott Hayes, Annapolis, Maryland
1
It means that you have human rights. It means that you have friends and you have been giving a life to live.
Anna
- Anna, Massachussetts
0
humans are the only animal that believes it should be happy, all the other animals can just be happy.
Shaun Wilson
- Shaun Wilson, christchurch NZ
5
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
To be conscious (that you are conscious)
Anil Das Gupta
- Anil Das Gupta, Spain
0
Awareness of being aware.
MarceL Benn
- MarceL Benn, Germany
5
To be human is to realize that if we are not careful our selfish genes could be our undoing.
Becca
- Becca, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
To presume to have free will.
William K. Boone
- William K. Boone, Mexico City
0
To be human is to be both the epicentre of the universe and just one of billions of tiny ants scurrying around an obscure rock in space.
Francis Grice
- Francis Grice, London, UK
1
Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
5
Means to be humble and accept the fact that we are not perfect and we depend on all living things to survive.
Austin P
- Austin P, Roosevelt HS Portland
0
to be a human is to reproduce to pass on our adaptations and mutations to future generations
Zane Kislow
- Zane Kislow , Phoenix Arizona
0
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
Self awareness and creativity
Melissa
- Melissa, Pa
0
To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
5
To have the ability to completely wipe out a species, and almost, create a new one.
Bryce Nurding
- Bryce Nurding, Astoria OR
0
Human is be aware of being human. Consciusness is the key.
Eugenia Mendoza
- Eugenia Mendoza, Mexico
5
It means that you can talk walk and everything else. It also mean that you can take on the responsibility of walking on this earth.
liyah
- liyah, Evanston,Il
0
so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
5
The constant struggle to better our species as a whole. No other species has the comprehension to understand where they stand.
Lance King
- Lance King, Myrtle Beach, SC
5
Ability to comprehend our thoughts, dreams, and emotions. Then, the ability to pursue, change, and maintain these 3 things.
Tony V
- Tony V, Chicago, IL
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
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
It is the understanding that we are all created equal and entitled to understand life as it occurs daily.
John Paul Vaquera
- John Paul Vaquera, Dallas, TX
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
creatures whose consciousness leads us to believe we are separate from and superior to the rest of the beings and other forms of matter.
Brian
- Brian, Gaithersburg, MD
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
Being human is to sense the limits of time, and to try, against the odds, to transcend them.
Catherine Meehan
- Catherine Meehan, Washington, DC
5
It is the quest for the answer to that question, while staying firmly grounded in the mystery in the wonder of the mystery! Hi Dr. Mulhern!
Jason Contway
- Jason Contway, Durango, Colorado
5
To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
5
To be able to comprehend and discuss what it means to be human
Victoria
- Victoria, The Netherlands
5
to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
5
To be able to cook and wash your dishes. Licking them doesn't count.
Miguel
- Miguel, Mexico
5
It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
5
we got the best thumbs and the best burritos, baby
Basie
- Basie, Settle
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
Have Bipedal locomotion, opposable thumbs, long fingers and toes, and shoulder joints.
Taylor Wansor
- Taylor Wansor, Flordia
5