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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 means to have a purpose, it means to do what you were made to do.
bianca
- bianca, Sigourney, IA
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To love and be loved is the greatest joy on earth!
Zana-Zandara
- Zana-Zandara, San Juan
5
It means that you are alive, you walk up straight, you have a big mind and you live a special life.
Kabo Modikwa
- Kabo Modikwa, Botswana
0
A human goes thru many things in life in which they learn to be stronger.
Mayra Mendoza
- Mayra Mendoza, Roosevelt high, Portland OR
0
To be Human is to be able to ask WHY?
Tim
- Tim, Pacifica, CA
5
To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
1
It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
0
To believe
Walker
- Walker, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
0
To lift your eyes from the dirt beneath your feet and behold the far reaches of the Universe.
Michael Sarles
- Michael Sarles, Raleigh NC
0
It means that we are able, or should be able, to know who we are, where we came from, and where we are going to .....
Elan Dewatono
- Elan Dewatono, Indonesia
5
To be human is to love and hate, to be empathetic and ignorant, and to live rationally and irrationally.
Kevin Danchisko
- Kevin Danchisko, Unknown
1
Science has helped humans to grow and prosper but at a very high and unaffordable cost of the environment which will destroy us one day
Brian Dsouza
- Brian Dsouza, Goa
0
it means to have a bipeded
jaisen
- jaisen, wright midlle school
0
To be a being of God through an intelligent process which gives humans the ability to live and thrive.
Dr. Morcease J. Beasley
- Dr. Morcease J. Beasley, Covington, Georgia
0
Make Mistakes. Learn. Enjoy.
Brittany
- Brittany, Ocean Shores, WA
4
we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
5
To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
Gino LUKA
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
5
To be human means to laugh, have fun, have the ability to learn and communicate, to understand and help others and to be an individual.
Mimi
- Mimi, NewYork
0
Diversifying natural evolution with environment to pro-create which prolongs chances to stages beyond spirituality and intelligence.
L. Ming Zhi
- L. Ming Zhi, Kuala lumpur
0
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
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
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
i think, therefore i am.
Andy
- Andy, Denmark
5
To realize our connection to the environment and other species in it.
Bob
- Bob, Oregon
5
Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
5
bipedal primates with the ability to seek their own place in the cosmos
Emiliano
- Emiliano, São Paulo, Brazil
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5
Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
5
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
To be Human means to experience. Since we are the sum of our memories, the more we can experience, the more Human we can become.
Russell Senior
- Russell Senior, Detroit, MI
5
is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
5
We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
5
To better ourselves as a species
Charles
- Charles, Okoboji, Iowa
5
To think and know, to support and care, to wonder and to understand the way of life of who you are, to share your reasons and beliefs.
Tina May
- Tina May, Los Angeles, California
5
Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
5
To be a bipedal organism with the ability to speak, love, hate, hear, write, and understand its purpose on Earth.
John
- John, Ohio
5
We make mistakes and learn from them. We create new ideas. We have to grow and learn step by step, how to live and act.
Megan N.
- Megan N., Roosevelt High School
5
To be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
5
To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
5