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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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It means we can problem solve and have the ability to impact the world
Belton
- Belton, In this bitch
0
To be human is to wonder, to question, to be able to adapt, to have the potential to do great good or great evil, and act on it.
JT
- JT, California
5
To be a member of Homo sapiens period
George Wolff
- George Wolff, Fort Myers, Florida
5
To have imagination, a sense of humour and be able to lie. But most importantly, to take care of eachother.
Lena Holst
- Lena Holst, Göteborg, Sweden
0
It means to be able to participate in the creative process of evolution.
Tada Gunter
- Tada Gunter, Livonia, Michigan
0
Our capacity for cultivating knowledge invests in us the responsibility to protect and care for our planet and the species within it.
Alberto
- Alberto, Mexico
0
To be alive, and have FUN!
Richard
- Richard, New York
0
The ability to know how little we actually know.
Jessica
- Jessica, Brainerd, Minnesota
0
I think being human means not only having our instincts, but being aware of them as well.
Maddy Paulson
- Maddy Paulson, Hagerstown
0
I thimk therefore I is
Reynard D'Argent
- Reynard D'Argent, California
0
The miraculous gift to see, reflect on, appreciate, and love this creation that we're a part of.
Joe Lippa
- Joe Lippa, Asheville, NC
5
To be human means that we are far more SUPERIOR then all other animals!!!
JAmEl McKiNnEy
- JAmEl McKiNnEy, Washington, DC
1
Being human, is just being human,
Julia
- Julia, bob, minnesota
4
It mean to be thankful for all the things you get from your parents. You can be able to grab things and hold things.
freddy
- freddy, woodburn
0
To be human means to make friends, have a family, to live our lives just like any other living animal on Earth.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
0
- because we can share complex ideas.
Bente Halvorsen
- Bente Halvorsen, Norway
5
To walk on 2 legs, to communicate and use language, to have culture, to have more neurons, innovation and imagination
Maya Yanez
- Maya Yanez, Torrance, CA
0
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
Nesbert Mutare
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
5
To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
5
To travel in time -- to know the past and anticipate the future. To understand and personalize death.
Judy Aliason
- Judy Aliason, Palm Harbor, FL
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
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
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
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 get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5