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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 be human is to be AWESOME!!!!!! for example MEEEEE
Eric Nakamoto
- Eric Nakamoto, Culver City, CAlifornia
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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
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
To incorrectly perceive ourselves as being at the top of a hierarchical scale of species.
Alexandra Daum
- Alexandra Daum, Brandon, MB
5
to love, to share, to express ourselves, to be curious, and to wonder the exact question: what DOES it mean to be human?
Rachel
- Rachel, california
4
To be human means that you have more opportunities and are capable of more than any other living creature.
Haley W.
- Haley W., Portland Oregon
0
Always finding a way to adapt :)
Art
- Art, Denver Colorado
0
To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
5
To be human is to live by more than just a fight or flight instinct.
Jane Doe
- Jane Doe, Boston, MA
1
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
Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
0
'Human' is a name however, its profound meaning portrays our ability to adapt socially, environmentally, and more importantly cognitively.
Jerel Pleasant
- Jerel Pleasant, USA
0
To love and be loved in return.
Kyle
- Kyle, China
3
Our ability to live and let others live ultimately makes us humans.
Dario
- Dario, Sunnyside, New York
0
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
To be able to enjoy Bach, Beethoven, Wagner...
Alvaro E. González V
- Alvaro E. González V, Colombia
5
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 be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes and to think that one's own life is of concern to the rest of the universe.
anonymous
- anonymous, Baltimore, MD
5
To have the duty to glorify the God through worship. To trust IN HIM; rather than to trust in man's fallible, unproven theories.
Josiah
- Josiah, USA
0
the ability to reason
randy
- randy, ca.
5
To be able to use our advanced brains to better the world.
Tyler
- Tyler, Ohio
5
To be conscious about our place in the universe; to be at peace with the cosmic drama unfolding around us and to grasp what is eternal.
Sutanu Ghosh
- Sutanu Ghosh, Kolkata, India
5
to ask questions, to learn, to be confused and to be amazed at the wonders of earth
ISARIAH CURTIS
- ISARIAH CURTIS, albuquerque
5
- because we can share complex ideas.
Bente Halvorsen
- Bente Halvorsen, Norway
5
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 be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
To ask a very big, but simple question. "Why?"
Bradley
- Bradley, Lockhart TX
5
Humanity
To share 100% genes with other "human" beings; and human its a name someone gave to our equals... it's just a way to experience life.
Joana Arari
- Joana Arari, Brasília - Brasil
5
We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
5
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
We knowingly over-use and destroy our resources, and do nothing.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
5
Being a human means mortality - We all know that one day we will die and go to heaven
Maddie
- Maddie, Elkton, Maryland
5
to be human it means to be able to make mistakes and learn from them, to be human it means to shape the world
Gabyy
- Gabyy, science class period 5, SLO
5
it means you can talk,walk and search food for your survival.it means you can think.
areeba
- areeba , ksa
5
to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
5
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
To be human is to have a chin.
Jacob Freedom Germain
- Jacob Freedom Germain, Livermore, CA, USA
5
the ability to change the world
Lizzy Case
- Lizzy Case, Downingtown, PA
5
To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
5
we all complex creatures who we think we know everything but we don't...
James
- James, Mesa, AZ
5