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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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I'm not sure
Mrs. Chomik
- Mrs. Chomik, Stone age
0
That we ask this question
Mark Moverman
- Mark Moverman, Washington, DC
1
To be human is to perceive the thoughts of others and smile on the inside when what you see lights your spirit.
Mark Charbonneau
- Mark Charbonneau, Canada
0
being human is not understanding what being human is
Tabitha-alice
- Tabitha-alice, BLACKBURN HIGH SCHOOL
0
To be human gives us the opportunity to practise humanity. And the freedom to stuff it up.
Pixelwarrior
- Pixelwarrior, Tasmania, Australia
0
For self gratification and self satisfaction.
Calvin
- Calvin, U.S.
0
We are the jewel of God's creation, made in his image for the purpose of being in relationship with each other and with Him.
Steven Griffin
- Steven Griffin, Oxford, Mississippi
1
To be human means nothing more than just being human. The secret of life is, there is no secret. We are human, so we do human things.
William Dodson
- William Dodson , Concord NC
0
To create our own meaning in a meaningless world.
Bill
- Bill, Virginia
5
a human being is an organism capable of breeding with other human beings in order to produce fertile offspring
Christopher Arendt
- Christopher Arendt, Unknown
1
Means to be humble and accept the fact that we are not perfect and we depend on all living things to survive.
Austin P
- Austin P, Roosevelt HS Portland
0
To be human is to be brave enough to learn what more there is beyond our quest for daily survival.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
5
Seek company, partnership, communication and knowledge. The need know what I am, where I came from and what these things around me are.
Elizabeth Manson
- Elizabeth Manson, Australia, Melbourn
0
To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
5
To be nice to one another ( also pizza! )
Not telling my name
- Not telling my name, Not telling my Location either
0
To be aware; to have a large brain; to have language; to have precision hands; to have an iPad2; and to have the Internet.
Tom Woosnam
- Tom Woosnam, Estero, FL
1
Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
5
equality
To be Human is to have no limits and the potential to do anything, because of this we have good history and the hope of a great future.
Eldon Dahlin
- Eldon Dahlin, Oakland CA
0
To wonder and dream.
David Lamar Jones
- David Lamar Jones, Austell Georgia
0
To be human is to know you exist
Sam
- Sam, Emmaus PA
0
Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
Edna Elena Velasco
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
5
- because we can share complex ideas.
Bente Halvorsen
- Bente Halvorsen, Norway
5
To be human means to think and to learn, to speak and to laugh... Others can't do..
Sumardiono
- Sumardiono, Solo, Indonesia
5
To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
5
Cumulative cultural adaptations and a derived hand and locomotion
David
- David , Kenya
5
War.
Jacob
- Jacob, Indiana, USA
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
5
To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
Ted
- Ted, Neverland
5
to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
5
To be human is to have a chin.
Jacob Freedom Germain
- Jacob Freedom Germain, Livermore, CA, USA
5
To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
5
To be human is to ask "why?" and understand that there is Something bigger that ourselves.
Ken
- Ken, Texas
5
to have a soul.
cathy
- cathy, chicago
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
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 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
To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
5