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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 deal with the knowledge that someday we are going to die, and there is nothing we can do about it, and we know nothing of it.
Zachary
- Zachary, Sweet
0
the ability to reason, and make ourselves understood through words and language.
Lollipop
- Lollipop, Canada
0
to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
5
To have the presence of mind to ask questions about our origins with logic, reason minus a magical view of the universe.
Hal
- Hal, Canada
0
Being a child of God.
Sara
- Sara, Minnesota
1
Humans have an advanced written language. The idea of religion is another solely human trait. Humans have the ability to set moral values.
SS Grade 7 Class A
- SS Grade 7 Class A, Litchfield Middle School, Litchfield New Hampshire
1
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
Abstract thinking, walking on two feet, and opposable thumbs.
Jake
- Jake, Portland, OR
0
Being Human means that you are the most complex species on Earth. You walk on two legs and communicate with others. Being human is awesome!
Ava Straccia
- Ava Straccia, MA
0
It means you are living and have purpose.
Kalyn
- Kalyn, New Hampshire
0
It means having feelings and understand other people and other species on Earth.
Linda Johnson
- Linda Johnson, Mesquite Tx
4
To be human is to learn and build off knowledge from present and deceased generations. Essentially, to have continuous growth in thought.
Paul
- Paul, University of Maryland, College Park
0
Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
5
Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
0
The privilege of consciousness, at the cost of having a conscience; altruism
Jack P
- Jack P, Rutgers
5
Humans are unlike any other known creature because we can cooperate and communicate with each other in complex and diverse ways.
Ben Balden
- Ben Balden, Portland
5
To be human is to marvel at complexity of the universe and to despair at the shortness of life.
Caroline
- Caroline, Sydney
0
To be human is to not be entirely influenced by instinctual emotions, but also by the light of reason.
John
- John, GA
1
to sit in an chair and wonder
Boussemaere
- Boussemaere, Belgium
0
To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
5
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
Laura Elizabeth
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
5
To reason and not to mention, evolve
Randhir
- Randhir, Southampton, UK
5
it means that even though we look better we still act like animals
Bhai
- Bhai, San Diego
5
Asking this very question symbolizes our humanness!
Shalin
- Shalin, Woods Hole, USA and Singapore
5
to be usually at top of the food chain.
brent
- brent, foridia
5
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
5
Humans can reflect upon their own existence and are aware of their mortality. Unique is also their ability to plan for long periods of time.
Maike
- Maike, Hamburg, Germany
5
Capacity to exchange and comprehend complex information via the mediums of language and symbolism.
Brad Mohr
- Brad Mohr, Chimes, Arkansas, USA
5
making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
5
What is good and what is bad. Despite your culture and/or religion, everyone agrees when something wonderful happens.
Heather Shelton
- Heather Shelton, Richmond, VA
5
To be human is to have will and and a mind to do something. We all have favorites and dislikes and none of us are perfect
Meaghan
- Meaghan, United States of America
5
Collective learning makes us human.
Scott
- Scott, American Canyon, CA
5
humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
5
Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
5
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
Emma
- Emma , California
5
To kill for political rather than survival reasons. What have we become?
John
- John, St. Louis
5
It means to be a outcast in nature-an alien......
Charles Wagner
- Charles Wagner, London,England
5
Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
5
to be loving, caring, mindful to our planet and all its occupants.
Lupita M-S.
- Lupita M-S., Colorado
5