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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 care for other humans and life forms human=caring
Tristan
- Tristan, eugene oregon
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To attain greater complexity, be conscious of more than us, to have perspective and ability to think limitlessly and broadly as a community
A.J
- A.J , Portland, OR
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Being human means we have beliefs, customs, and can express our thoughts and emotions through language. We have advanced in tools.
Hannah
- Hannah, California
0
To wonder.
Rakan AlMasoudi
- Rakan AlMasoudi, Saudi Arabia
1
Being human is being intelligent learning interacting with other beings of different species while being kind and compassionate towards them
Solomon
- Solomon, Portland, OR
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To be human is to be social and, in our society, extend beyond the limits of individuality to live as the knowing of a culture.
Kaleb Smith
- Kaleb Smith, Ishpeming, MI
4
being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
0
Self awareness and creativity
Melissa
- Melissa, Pa
0
It is the Great feeling of the nature which at last know itself.
Mohamed Abdallah
- Mohamed Abdallah, UK
0
To know your roles and responsibilities as a guardian of all life on earth due to your development of consciousness
Mike
- Mike, Australia
0
It means whatever we want it to mean. This is the greatest gift of our humanity.
Omair Malik
- Omair Malik, Lahore, Pakistan
0
To be the most evolved creature on the planet. Give it another 10,000 yrs and monkeys will be where we are.
Drew
- Drew, GA
5
to make life more complicated
justin credible
- justin credible , your mom's
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The ability to alter our environment to suit our needs, and to communicate in detail those needs, and the ideas that go with them.
Marcus L. Davis
- Marcus L. Davis, Richmond In.
5
To have the most gifted abilities over all creatures.
Chirstopher
- Chirstopher, Mesa,AZ
0
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
It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
Brent
- Brent, Tasmania
0
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
5
Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
5
to live in a society where everyone is accepted and equal with one another, even though we look different we are all genetically the same
erin
- erin, zimbabwe
5
To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
5
Being human means having compassion, curiosity, and conscience.
Caroline Tingley
- Caroline Tingley, Florida
5
To understand, dread, lament, and yet take for granted our own mortality is to be human. No other species can boast such an ability.
Jason Eldredge
- Jason Eldredge, Idaho Falls, ID
5
A mammal who walks upright and has the capability to use tools.
Kenton
- Kenton, seattle
5
There is no inherent meaning. In the words of Siddhārtha Gautama, "Doubt everything. Find your own light."
Kimberly Coleman
- Kimberly Coleman, Miami, Florida
5
Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
5
Ability to consider our past and our future. Our being.
Gene
- Gene, Denver
5
Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
5
It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
5
to understand the knowledge we gain from observing other creatures
Laurel Johnson
- Laurel Johnson, Minnesota
5
to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
5
To dance.
Debra
- Debra, Maryland
5
it means we can survive with out others and can provide our selves from nature
jg wentworth
- jg wentworth, waterville, ME
5
To be human means to be able to change the world, and extend their thoughts and ideas to others.
Rochelle O'Brien
- Rochelle O'Brien, Washington DC
5
To be human is not to judge others. We were all made different for a reason
Sheika
- Sheika, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To be human means to strive to become more than you are.
Don Bignall
- Don Bignall, Willows, CA
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 believe in the impossible.
Claire
- Claire, Chicago
5
being is to show your heart compassion and love for thing and people you love....
L.j.
- L.j., Washington
5