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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 you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
5
to think, wonder, understand; to fail, to learn, to express ourselves, and, most importantly, TO BE
Tim Nguyen
- Tim Nguyen, Yorba Linda, Ca, USA
0
To be human gives us the opportunity to practise humanity. And the freedom to stuff it up.
Pixelwarrior
- Pixelwarrior, Tasmania, Australia
0
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
being human means that you can think for yourself, you make mistakes, you can decide rationally, and you have instincts.
Jasmine Watson
- Jasmine Watson, United States of America
0
to be one step closer to GOD!
PHILEMON
- PHILEMON, CAPE TOWN, SPUTH AFRICA
0
To care about what humans think-- especially of ourselves.
Josiah H.
- Josiah H., Bethesda, MD
5
We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
Russ
- Russ, ma, usa
0
Humanity is striving to go beyond what we are, and to think of all possible futures.
Peter Berg
- Peter Berg, Washington DC
5
Being human is a responsibility to show compassion to all your distant relatives, no matter what branch of the tree they sit on.
Skeet Freeman
- Skeet Freeman, Bowling Green, KY
1
thinker and not physically strong
Alireza Ebrahimi
- Alireza Ebrahimi, Iran, Bushehr
3
Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
1
Knowing I am created in the image of God, which connects me to every human ever conceived, or who ever will be.
Sharon Clement
- Sharon Clement, Kansas City
1
To use our evolutionary intelligence and ability to use logic and reason to survive and understand in the universe we inhabit.
Taylor Stevens
- Taylor Stevens, Spartanburg, SC
5
Each human is different and special. You won't find another yourself in the whole world. This is what I think it means to be human.
Katrina Kaif
- Katrina Kaif, Hong Kong
0
To gain more complex balances
Wu Chen
- Wu Chen, China
0
To be human is to be documented.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
0
to be like us
m a z
- m a z, iran
0
To be able to communicate and think critically. Also to have multiple emotions and distinguishing characteristics.
Aimee and Phil
- Aimee and Phil, Plymouth, NH
4
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
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
To be able to go from rational to emotional thoughts, voluntarily. To express one's thoughts, and be aware of the act of expression.
Rhett
- Rhett, Missouri, USA
5
We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
5
Being a human means being able to evolve, learn from mistakes, to grow from them and make them better. To be able to dream, learn and hope.
Mindi Gilbert
- Mindi Gilbert, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
5
To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
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
Sculpture of Plato taken from Wikipedia
Humans are indefinabilities that become conscious of their own existence.
David Roemer
- David Roemer, Brooklyn, NY
5
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
5
to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
5
To be human you are a tool maker and walk up straight.
Juliet
- Juliet, Californai
5
To be human is to have a wonderful gift to grow intellectually and understand the world around you.
Brittany Johnson
- Brittany Johnson, Greenville, NC
5
to be "affected" by the world;to feel myself as a part of something much bigger and deeper - not being specially, but specifically human.
Luísa Molina
- Luísa Molina, Brasília, Brazil
5
Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
5
We have been designed with the need to worship, learn, desire, honor, sacrifice, or serve something greater than ourselves.
Ciara Jones
- Ciara Jones, Brockton, MA
5
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 a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
5
Pondering what it means to be human
R.J. Cavallaro
- R.J. Cavallaro, New London, NH
5
To be evolved and more civilized from other species.
Kendall
- Kendall, Washington, DC
5