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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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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
It means to be able to work and cooperate together.
Sam
- Sam, Portland, OR
0
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
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
to have a sense of self and an identity, with thoughts and feelings
gabi
- gabi, Maryland
0
That we have the ability to wipe out other species on this planet and that just isn't right.
Joanne Ross
- Joanne Ross, Hampton, VA
5
To argue the very reason why and how we are here. To question and search for oh so complex yet simple meaning of life itself.
Khalil J
- Khalil J, Portland,OR
0
Conquer over everything ... over nature, over other creatures & our likes, and even over the unknowns.
Merid
- Merid, Faifax, VA
4
To Tell Stories and have culture
Minnie
- Minnie, Ohio
5
Our brain and our skull grows allowing our brain to develop Giving us our technology, sensibility, emotions and most importantly our culture
Jessica G
- Jessica G, Roosevelt
0
To love, to share, to hope!
Hari Krishnan
- Hari Krishnan, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
0
We’re not some "thing" but a 14.6 billion year “process” (of elements left alone to complexify). We’re the Universe expressed as a human.
E.David Garcia
- E.David Garcia, Arlington, Virginia, USA
0
Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
0
To understand the essence of being a human
karen cabang
- karen cabang, philippines
0
being human means ahead then all animals most modern, intelligent, strongest of all.
Priyanka
- Priyanka, malad
0
What differentiates us from Neanderthal is our trading habits. Humans are the only species that trade over larger geographical distances.
Reindert Daniels
- Reindert Daniels, The Netherlands
0
To be human means to be a bipedal mammal with a spoken language
Jack
- Jack, Pittsburg, CA
0
for if we fail we try again untill we prevail
jazz matthews-wood
- jazz matthews-wood, melbourne australia
0
The constant need to find a power outside of ourselves, a religious belief. This sets humans apart from all other animals
Heather hanly
- Heather hanly, Sydney, Australia
4
To ask what it means to be unique as a species--and to expect an answer that ennobles us.
Douglas Allchin
- Douglas Allchin, St. Paul, MN
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
5
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
Shananay
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
5
Humanity is a cosmic experiment testing whether "Life" can survive "Intelligence." The Null hypothesis seems safe.
John Konopak
- John Konopak, Albuquerque, NM
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
To be able to laugh and cry and do something about it.
Mikel
- Mikel, Fairfax, VA
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
To serve God and do His word.
Matthew Glass
- Matthew Glass, Booneville, AR
5
To be human is to sit at the brink of an evolving cosmos.
Trish Freiermuth
- Trish Freiermuth, St. Petersburg, FL, USA
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5
It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
5
To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
Ariana Godinez
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5