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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; in an effort to features as many as possible, we will be featuring new answers approximately everyh two weeks (so check back to see if you answer has been featured!).

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To be human means to to be human, there is no definition for something so complex.
- Karim, Rajmohamed
To be human is to know you exist
- Sam, Emmaus PA
To be human is to have memories of stories from the past.
- Gracie FLood, Emmaus, PA, USA
To love ; - )
- joe Shmoe, Emmaus, Pa
To be human is to have the potential to enjoy hurting others.
- Meredith Schuler, Pennsylvania
To be human is to know you exist
- Sam, Emmaus PA
To be able to think and plan ahead for the future. To not be held back by simple instinct.
- Jonathan Zackariah Moore, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
To be human is to mate and reproduce with other humans to continue the process of evolution
- Sanket Narayana, Emmaus, PA
To err is to be human. - Some Greek Dude probably
- Jason K, Emmaus, PA, USA
To have every characteristics discerning human from any other species close or far different from humans.
- Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo, Nigeria
The ability to visualize what never was and make a plan to create it.
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
To be human means to accept one's own action both good and bad and live to learn from them.
- Alex Fregoso, Canada
To be evolving every second and to live life to its fullest
- Esther Liu, San Francisco, CA
We are just a kind of animal having ability to think, to reason and communicate effectively.
- Volkan Gülbeyaz, İzmir, TURKEY
To be driven to find love and meaning for yourself.
- Corey Bither, Boston, MA
it means to be an evolution of animals and as we evolved we improved and improved and are smart
- Liam, Einfield
Being human means having DNA and being able to reproduce.
- kAITLYN GUERRERO, washington D.C
Human means that your alive and you can do lots of things like any regular human knows how to read walk learn new things.
- katie, washington D.C
i think to be human means that we are capable of discovering new inventions of out own.
Being human is a person that is distinguished from an animal.
- garen, washungton dc
To be human is to have feelings such as being happy or sad and also to find out what it means to be a human as you live your life
- noemi healy, washington, dc
To be human means to be unique and to love yourself for being you.It also means to be yourself and not try to be someone else.
- Landon, Denver,CO
It means to be created in God's image, but imperfect.
- Anonymous, Pennsylvania
It means that we are unique, but at the same time we kill animals, and each other for no reason. We don't deserve to live here.
- Hi, Bye
To enjoy life while it lasts. Also make mistakes, build, destroy things. To love every single view that you see. To make history!
- Alicia, Milwaukee, WI
It means how we'd lived in the past!
- Raven, Hamden
You can walk on two feet. You are able to be very civilized and cooperate with each other. You can keep developing.
- Eleanor White, San Francisco, California
to be concious, acquiring new knowledges from experiences lived or shared through language by others.
- Daniel Israel, Brazil
Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
- Peter, North Carolina
To Learn, to Love, to live by concern for others and search for our own set Task Before Leaving...
- Rangsil, India
To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
Knowing we are mortal. We are uniquely self aware
- Erin, Oregon
To be human it means to live life and make the best out of it aprestiate your ancesters
- John flax, Las angles
to be free
- zeleny, CA
eating nachos
- iman, jess
to reach life's mission of death
- Mia Fordson, Malvern, Arkansas
it means to be free . to be able to explore to learn important info.
- zeleny, merced
To be able to learn individually, from each other and collectively and to pass on the knowledge to the next generation.
- Jagan Mohan R, Pondicherry, India
We change the lives of every thing
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
We change the lives of every thing even the smallest organisms n
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
To be human is to be complex, stubborn and passionate. Our meaning lies in the continuum of mystery that we call our history.
- Contra, So-Cal
It means to understand the purpose of life
- m.shahbaz, lahore pakistan
To experience all of life's adventures, such as spending your Friday afternoon doing homework for your college anthropology class..
- K, USA
It means to have a moral sense.
- John, WA
Being human means that I can analyze any given situation, climate or predator.
- Robin S. Long, Trinidad
To contemplate consequences and challenge one another to act beyond the dictates of instinct.
- Mimosa, Skokie, Illinois
it means to be not a neanderthal
- henry, cali
To be rad
- sawwg killer, your mom
To be human is wanting to be known and recognized, to change the world, to adapt to surroundings and to be loved by others.
- Alvina, California
To be human is to be AWESOME!!!!!! for example MEEEEE
- Eric Nakamoto, Culver City, CAlifornia
To mainstream
- Hipster, Some place on Earth
Being human means being a member of the dominant species on planet earth--- and all the awesome responsibilities that go along with that!
- Bob, Cincinnati, OH
To be HUMAN is to experience LIFE with the awareness of TIME. To fulfil one's potential as a HUMAN is to live with Kindness and Wisdom.
- Michou, England, UK
being able to communicate and make things because we are special animals can't make things
- hannah, brentwood, TN
To be a Homo sapiens
- Anders Dahl, Technical University of Denmark
Being human is knowing you have the ability to do anything you want, but use reason to restrain ourselves.
- Michael , Boston
To be a human means that you have a body.To be a human it means to be a mammal.Humans are the dominate race over all the others.
- Ayden Lauritzen, John f Kennedy
Being human means being born to die
- Tearra Ferguson, North Carolina
To BE Human is to Love. To simply and wholly Love.
- Jacob, Kentucky
The use imagination and opposable thumbs to progress, adapt and survive
- Danielsen, New York City
To be human is to flow to have life with meaning and feeling to find to find your inner dauntless and your inner reader
- Katniss ever prior, DBMS
To make the most out if the one life you have. To gain true knowledge and share it with the world for the advancement of civilization.
- Will Dickerson, Piedmont, South Carolina
I believe that human life is like any other species, we are all just enlonged lived bored, tired, and insane. You are a homo sapien.
- R.D Emmy, America
Homo Sapiens: A creature with intelligence advanced enough to observe itself.
- Hmg, India
Live...lift the fallen,cloth the naked,feed the hungry,visit the sick,shut in/outcaste
- eugene, or
To live as Jesus walked
- Reuben Rinaldi, Downing town, Pa
We can grow and change. We can create and invent. Humans are also the only species that are dangerous to their own existence.
- Gwendolyn , Brookline, MA
human, in my eyes, is just the unique-ness of every one and every thing, and having the ability to notice.
- "Lizard", "Seal"
Being able to question why we are here and spend our lives finding out
- Brii Tyler, Western Australia
To be human means to be living, breathing, humerous and curious
- Jack, PA
It is the ability to share who you think you are and what you have done with your friends and family.
- Bruce Gangnath, Fallbrook, Ca
Being human isn't just living. It's the thought of being alive and leaving your mark.
- Mykka, Oregon
We are the only species that is able to destroy, repair and construct any other species and or its habitat.
- Morgan, Astoria OR
To use higher thinking and to act differently.
- Padraic, Astoria
To just be you and enjoy life
- matthew, Astoria, OR
To be Human is to let others understand ourselves.
- Alex Brown, Astoria, Oregon
I think being human means to be advanced and have a soul.
- Ben, USA
Being human is having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
- Bailey, Astoria
it means that we are one of the human group and we might evolve. WE are part of the human timeline
- Anastasia Helaena, Africa
It means as humans we should stay in fairly good shape. You never know when you might have to run.
- Louisiana, USA
To be able to ask, and thing about, that question.
- Carter Marzineck, Astoria, Oregon
An arsenal of concepts that manifest as either physical objects and structures or cultural practices.
- William, Oregon
To be human you have a soul you can comprehend the past and the future in different was than animals do.
- Ashley, Astoria OR
To have the ability to completely wipe out a species, and almost, create a new one.
- Bryce Nurding, Astoria OR
Humans think about who, what, when, where, why, and how we are in existence.
- Megan Bergeron, Astoria, OR
It means I have been made in the likeness of my Creator
- Brent, Tasmania
To be different from one another
- Iris, La
it means to have a bipeded
- jaisen, wright midlle school
To be human means being a primate with a big brain, making it possible to analyze his environment in more details than any other primate.
- Hervé, France
To be explore the atoms at home and the several far corners of the the universe, in order to find our origin.
- Hermella, Cambridge, Ma
Being human means that you have to be annoying, aggressive and sly to live.
- Jennifer, Cheon
mean we can think , make sth, we are wonderful about every thing that is good perfect
- samaneh, Iranian
Understand the world and act to better our future and do good to others. 'Greater' talents come with greater responsibilities
- mik, mauritius, indian ocean
That we are capable of making a mistake!
- Salty dog, Oak Island, NC
To know that you feel.
- Christopher, Geraldton, Aus
It means to be able to participate in the creative process of evolution.
- Tada Gunter, Livonia, Michigan
Be aware of yourself and your environment and discover you can hurt others for your own profit.
- Alexander, Barcelona
Creado a imagen y semejanza de Dios
- Coalserco,
To be human is having the ability to expand our horizons as the universe expands it's.
- Dion, Oak Island, NC
What Does It Mean To Be Human
- vishal, surat
Being human means taking responsibility for ourselves, our species, our world, and the billions of diverse organisms we share it with.
- Lucy K., Arizona
to do good and evil deeds.
- helis, ca
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, Hong Kong
What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
We have reached a level of being that allows us the knowledge and ability to be responsible for the condition of our world.
- J. Garza, California
Self awareness and creativity
- Melissa, Pa
being human is he best ever thing ever existed in the existence of life. being human means everything, it's the best thing God ever created.
- Prude, BAGUIO
That we are all connected
- Titus, Boone, NC
To be able to ask what it means to live a good life.
- Will L, Boston, MA
To be human is to live the best possible decent way of living. .try to preserve huminity as there's no other than human being.
- D.soren, Mal bazar
Homo Sapiens
- Jorge, Argentina
It is the Great feeling of the nature which at last know itself.
- Mohamed Abdallah, UK
We are the universe itself, pondering: "Who am I?", "What am I?", "What is my place in the grander scheme of things?"
- Prof, USC, Colombia
The desire to explore and understand our surroundings and the world around us, to feel passion/emotion towards/with others in our society.
- Patricia Lee, Wayne, PA
A bipedal primate with the ability to ask the question "who and what am I".
- David L. Jones, Ga.
To be burdened and blessed with consciousness. Torn between reason and instinct, fear and hope.
- Richard , Sussex UK
Having the desire to understand the world around us
- Beau, Auburn, AL
It's a big surprise.
- wungyh, MSU
It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
to be human is to care for other humans and life forms human=caring
- Tristan, eugene oregon
We think more than we react or do; to accomplish tasks, or feel accomplished. Usually while disregarding the Natural law.
- JCDG, Undisclosed
To be human is to recognize yourself in others..
- Christina Nichols-Whittaker, Oklahoma City
To Think (sapiens), Perchance to dream. To Question. To Strive. To Learn. To Love . To Believe.
- Nancy, Kingston Ontario Canada
To question, discover, explore, our origins and our world.
- Mike, Michigan, USA
How we live our lives in relation to others.
- Michael SandFlorida, Ft Myers, Florida
To be able to think in terms of the abstract. That is, to speak, do art, math, etc. It is also the desire to understand our environment.
- Jay, Canada
Empathy, and the ability to learn - and pass on that learning.
- Estelle, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, UK
To be human is what we as a species has always been capable to do: Observe, Evolve and compare through cultural relativism.
- Devon Smith, Arkansas
- po, melrose
The ability to be good and kind excessively.
- Rohan Roger, Harvard University
The greek word for human is anthropos, a combination of two words meaning the one who looks up. Humanity development.
- Chris, Cyprus
To survive and to procreate
- London, Canada
The joy of existence in an elevated plane of understanding and our shame in not being able to find our footing in that plane
- Donald, Arizona
the ability to communicate with language
- zoran, sydney
it means having to wake up at 6:00 to go to a job or school and to work your life away. -No I won't freaking fix it
- bob the builder, you know(;
To understand our place locally on earth
- Nick, Saskatoon sask can
we exist only because of luck. Our origins are still unknown and can't be proven. As with all life. I don't know what it means to be human?
- David Aubry, Mission Texas
- Tracy, Arkansas
What it means to me to be human is to do the things that interest you. You only have one life so why not do the things you want to do?
- Bryan Lomeli, Torrance, CA
To be human means to evolve and become a better society. It also means we have to figure out the natural world
- Josh, California
To be human means to evolve and become a better society. We keep evolving and making changes.
- Josh, California
Humans are distinct from all other creatures in their ability to express themselves.
- Julia Barrett, Torrance, CA
We teach and learn from one another to form cultures, as well as keeping "history" and passing ideas on; we "predict” each other’s thoughts.
- Sara Kim , California
Using our skills and brain power to communicate with one another, to create newer, more efficient inventions and to love and be loved
- Debora, California
Humans are bipedal creatures that have big brains, exhibit higher thinking, use tools, and express themselves through art, language, music.
- Cayla Hailwood, CA
To be human means to have the mental capacity to participate in complex social behavior and the ability to express ideas.
- Matthew Sin, California
Being human means being able to communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, & ideas through words, art, and symbols.
- Vanessa, Torrance
being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
To be able to make/use tools for not only survival but also convenience, and knowing how to share, learn, sympathize, and respect.
- Jenny K., Torrance, CA
To be a human is to be able to realize that we are not perfect, make mistakes, but at the end learn from those mistakes and not repeat it
- Jeny, Torrance, CA
To be human is to be able to change the world around as no other species can.
- Kyle, Torrance
To be human is to have awareness of what we are capable of. We are able to teach others, creating a world full of constant learning.
- Rebecca Hutchison , Torrance
To be human is to be able to adapt to the world and to be able to use our large brains to share ideas.
- Khoa, Torrance
To have language, use symbols, be innovative, learn from others, use tools, have increased neurons, and complex social dynamics
- Brittany M.L, Torrance, CA
To be human is to wonder why we are given consciousness, the strings of emotions and a spirit that soars and to be valued by our tribe.
- YON - Jan C. Hardenbergh, Boston, MA
Does being the long-unawaited product of a series of entropic coincidences, carry purpose or meaning?
- Nathan, NM
Being human means that we have the capability to do anything that we want that other primates and animals can't do.
- Nicole Han, California
It means that we have the ability and need to teach and learn. We are curious and have more on our minds than survival.
- Torrance , CA
To be human means that we have the capacity to create and modify our physical world and our set standards of ethics and evil.
- Jason Yu, Torrance, CA
To be a bipedal primate. To be aware and intelligent. To teach, create, destroy, and have complex communication. But to not be so different.
- Lindsey, Wade
To be human is to innovate and imagine and to ask this question.
- Tricia B, California, USA
Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
- Songyi, CA
To be human means that we strive for survival and gain knowledge to fill in the blanks of our curiosity.
- Jenny R, California
Having a conscious and being self aware. Having the ability to think and be proactive not just reactive.
- Mike, Kosovo
To be an ape which is aware that it share a tiny world with a large variety of other creatures.
- Bill, Bowie, MD
To share diversity with your surroundings and to discover the meaning of life in your eyes
- shayla , clinton
Humans are bipedal primates and defined by long childhoods, complex brain activity, and use symbolic behavior to represent thoughts.
- Los Angeles , CA
To be human is to be able to collaborate together and create something.
- Koboh Kosaka, Torrance
Humans communicate by complex language, thoughts and being creative. We celebrate different cultures, beliefs and customs.
- Maheshi Gammanpila, Los Angeles
Being human is defined by a unique intuition that expresses being an individual.
- Katrina Uyehara, Los Angeles
To be human is to have a big brain with great intelligence. Humans are bipedal and communicate through the power of language.
- Swaa Jackson , Compton, Ca
Being human means we have beliefs, customs, and can express our thoughts and emotions through language. We have advanced in tools.
- Hannah, California
To walk on 2 legs, to communicate and use language, to have culture, to have more neurons, innovation and imagination
- Maya Yanez, Torrance, CA
Being human means being able think complex thoughts such as thinking what lies beyond our own minds.
- Jonathan , California
Being human means being complex and unique. We are survivors of a long period of difficulty and that makes us extraordinary.
- Devin White, California
Being humans is having a unique form of communication and ability to learn and teach. Narrow pelvis and fluid bi pedal walking = human
- Zach, Heeger
To be human is to have have a sense of creativity and passion to create new technologies. primates are not as creative as us, we are unique
- Aaron, Torrance
To be human is is to be a bipedal hominid that can use our surroundings to make tools to help us adapt and survive in our environment.
- Sean, Torrance
To be human means to go beyond our set limits
- Adela, America
A human is a bipedal primate that has the ability to teach, learn and communicate through culture, knowledge and complex languages.
- Zeping Wang, Los Angeles
Being a human means that we are able to innovate and create ideas out of our abstract and imaginative minds, including emotions.
- Jay, California
Being human means that we have the ability to move bipedally, hunt, protect our loved ones, create, destroy, think, and have feelings.
- Kristina Ramos, California
To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
- Katelan King, USA
To be human is to be aware to the point of oblivion.
- Daniella Calasanz, Washington State
Being human means being an example of the brightest species Earth has to offer, which is a sad disappointment to the rest of the Universe.
- Runo, East Coast, USA
to be human is to have complex thought, question life, participate in society, empathize and to use tools and language.
- Brittney , Ottawa
to be human means to be the way you are and the way you want to be and to play with the other sex.
- bob, lolomt
Being human means making mistakes...and learning from them.
- Brian Estarella, Lancaster california
to be aware that life existed before you and it will go on without you.
- Tony, Edmond, OK
Biologically; to be human is to have a high ratio of brain to body size, a brain that is highly complex, and to be obligating bipedal.
- Ashley, Canada
The Ability to contemplate our own existance
- Antony, Guernsey C.I
it means a person THAT lives.
- yoselin, united states
To shape the world around us.
- Terence, NYC
To have free will.
- Terence, NYC
Humans wonder about their world and wonder, "What If?" ;about their future and wonder, "Why Not?"
- Lon Brouse, Grand Junction, Colorado
to be like us
- m a z, iran
It means to have the ability and responsibility to act according to reason instead of animal instinct.
- Justus Scott, Palm Coast, Fl
To be human is to question.
- David Masters, Kiev
it means to be able to put a mark on the world as a testament of your own existence...
- Sayak Chakraborty, Kolkata, India
To have DNA emotions relationships identity
- Dorothy, Hong Kong
Living life to the fullest.
- @pohsitive on Instagram , USA
To be human is to own your humanity. Our ancestors didn't struggle to make sure our species survived just to have us destroy our planet.
- Ethel Arauz, Fayetteville, NC
To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
- Abby, New York City
To be human is to be curious of all and niothing in the same time
- benja, france
They have the ability to pass information down through generations and are able to communicate through both language and symbolic language.
- Grace , Middle School
In China to be human is to get a good ATAR, but in Korea to be human is to win the League of Legends world cup. With love, from paper
You are able to walk on two feet and use collective learning in order to gain an understanding of different perspectives.
- Issy, Sydney
To be human is to have the ability to collectively learn.
- Sam Chadwick, Sydney
To learn from mistakes, through discovered errors and thus follow laws.
- Jeff, Sydney
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
- Len, London
Ability to express oneself through emotion, complex thoughts, physical attributes and communication.
- Sophia Hawkes, Sydney
It means to share the characteristics and learn from other homo sapiens
- Felix Daverio, NSW
to be human you need to be able to respond and communicate between other people within the race of you.
- charlie knight, sydney
Being human means having the ability to respond to situations in many different ways, by learning from others and thinking of new ideas.
- Jonas, Cremorne
To be human means to be able to display your emotion through facial expressions.
- Ted, Neverland
To communicate with others and to express our ideas in order to engage in collective learning.
- Ben Passey, Sydney, Aus
To be human is to adapt to nature and to take advantage of it.
- Julius Feldmann, cremorne
What it mean to be human? I think to be human is to stand up for what is wrong and do the right thing
- Lachlan, NSW
Human's use collective learning which is a way of sharing information through the use of different languages.
- Sophia Moeller , Redlands School
The be human is to stare into the coding of life and the universe, and understand it at the same time. As well as find penises funny
- Rin, London
To be human is to be greatly overwhelmed by millions of conflicting or confusing emotions at once and to figure out how to handle them.
- Emma , California
When we learn to truely love everyone equally then we will know the true meaning of being human.
- Richard, Houston, Texas
Always finding a way to adapt :)
- Art, Denver Colorado
What are authoritative definitions of "human"?
- Patrick D. Shannon, USA
To be human means to have self-awareness, to teach/learn information to/from ourselves and to/from other beings.
- Gino LUKA, Florence, Italy
the ability to change our surroundings to suite ourselves, therefore making us extremely adaptable and expanding our niche
- Nina, Texas
To be curious and to do something about that curiosity - essentially to keep asking "why?"
- Katie, London
To learn, decide, love, and recreate so our offspring may do the same.
- Kayelani, California
To be made in the image of God and loved unconditionally
- Eric, Metz, France
To be HUMAN comes at a cost - BE HUMANE! we need to be THE most responsible species around.
- Dr. Poonam Upadhyaya, Agra, India
Speaking a complex language; transorming the envairoment; having noble feelings; practicing art.
- Edna Elena Velasco, México
to have characters of us homo sapiens
- Clarisse, madagascar
To be a human is to have opposable thumbs and to be able to make the most advanced tools and to be able to have speech.
- Rafi, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
I think two attributes separate humans from other species - intuition and conscience. Both have intellectual and social implications.
- anirban bandyopadhyay, New York, USA
Humanity is merely what we call ourselves, not necessarily what we are...
- Eman Ekaf, Earth
Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
Value Creation
- Fan, New York
Highest level of consciousness of any organism on Earth & the ability to change our environment to suit our needs and support our misdeeds
- Noel Curry, Tokyo Japan
It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
To be human means to understand all we were, all we are, and all that we will become.
- Ariana Godinez, Texas
To have imagination, a sense of humour and be able to lie. But most importantly, to take care of eachother.
- Lena Holst, Göteborg, Sweden
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
- Claire, North Carolina
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
- Harrison T., State College, PA
To be part of an intelligent species who self modifies evolution rules. Species makes robots to channel evolution to creative individuals.
- Sheethal, SD, CA
Humans have the ability to learn, problem-solve, recognize a different perspective and to create new thoughts….all at the same time.
- Scott, Montana
Laughter, Smiles, Thoughtfulness towards others and thoughtfulness about life, Sharing, Exploring, Learning, and Asking Questions
- KDdidit, Great Falls
Unfortunately, to be human is to have the capacity to act against nature. No other creature can commit such acts.
- G. Bernard Sawyer, Stone Mountain, GA. USA
Humans have acquired a sense of awareness; we are guided by a conscience; and we retain knowledge throughout life. It’s a great opportunity.
To have the intelligence mixed with curiosity to destroy the need for religions.
- Jordan Allen, Lawrenceville, PA
It means language, fire control, clothing, knowledge, inner control and, above all, God seeking.
- Jose Rigoberto Gonzalez, Bogota, Colombia
It means being part of the most prolific, ever advancing and limitless species known to live on planet earth.
- almjr, Florida, US
To destroy the planet as a means of immediate survival.
- John, Indiana
We are nothing as a whole if we cannot find the goodness in eachother.
- Tiana Constance, Australia
A mammal that's born to be humans who have emotions and are able to interact with other people.
- Rach, Julie, Joseph, Nick & Anthony, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
Human is inteligence. To know what one sees in DMT altered state of consciousness, is the psychedelic side effects, not spiritual answers.
- ice, BC
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, USA
To be human is to have a conscience that can collapse a reality out of an infinity possibilities at each instant of the lifetime.
- Gerard, Venezuela
The curiosity to learn and the ability to use that knowledge and learn more
- Megan, Prague
Everyone will have a different opinion on this question. Respecting different opinions genuinely is part of what makes us human.
- Rohan Jeetendra Khemlani, Sapporo, Hokkaido Japan
To be human is to know that God made me to know Him, to love Him and be happy with Him in the next life.
- Hal M., Boston, MA
Means to be one of the most adaptiv creature on the Earth, to be in a permanent evolution and single animal capable to lie very well
- GeoMatei, Bucharest, Romania
It means to try to understand our own history tied to the history of all other species and the universe where we live.
- Ana Maria Charlier Madeira, São Paulo, Brazil
To be fulfilled by God with a soul
- AM, Massachusetts
Compassion, Discovery, Exploration, Love.
- Ted Caudill, Oxford, OH
I agree with Robert P. Hagstrom of Flagstaff AZ.
- Simpatico Welps , Koobi Fora
Unique sophisticated forms of communication allowing for the detailed exchange of ever more descriptive imagination techniques.
- Andy J , Manchester
To grow constantly with age, either mentally or physically, and also both, but to also share in physical features.
- Meaghan, Amherst, VA
Humans are able to think about thinking.
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
Four pairs of empty shoes left in the rain. From the souls of the shoes you can see dark silhouettes, reflected by the wet concrete and overcast light of the dreary sky.
Being human is not only physical; One day we may not be humans if we dont have the metaphysical, Which is difficult to judge in hindsight.
- Keilen, Canada
To be human, is to be created in the image and likeness of God, our creator.
- Caleb, California
It means to be smart yet still be called stupid by other members of the same species. It also means you eat food and get fat.
- Shananay, Sharkeisha Island
Beig smarter than any other species on earth and still being called dumb by your friends
- shaniqua, bonquiqui land
being human means being able of questioning about my own origin and my own impermanence
- marcos giusti, montevideo
Looking at cat videos in youtube
- Stephen, Kitchener
To have such a diverse population. Humans don't all speak the same language, don't always see eye to eye. We're destructive sometimes.
- Alydia, Iqualuit, Nunavut
Abstract thought.
- Sam, Hertfordshire, UK
Gather physical information through the senses and utilize it to adpt to the environment and to alter the environment.
- Roger Duronio, New Jersey
To be human is to be the elements of the universe made manifest to explore itself.
- sgreco, earth
To grasp the concept of time, to understand things which we don't need to understand, to not need to rely on instincts to do things.
- Elizabeth, Australia
The full awareness of self and others.
- Walter D. Shultz, 337 Eldorado Circle, Seymour, TN 37865, USA
Create and share stories.
- Bella, Indonesia
The empty meaning of being a human can be as full as you want it to be. Life is your dictionary.
- SSN , Madrid, Spain
To daydream and then to wish we didn't
- Manisha Swain, India
Walking upright, making & using tools, the use of fire, language & symbolic thinking, art & use of jewellery, barter & trade
- Andy Bryson, South Africa
It means to do what your Creator want from you to do.
- Abbas, Pakistan
Human's can choose right from wrong.This comes at the huge cost of all.
- Danielle Montello, Rockport, Ma
We are gene puppets, DNA tools. No more.
- Russ, ma, usa
To be HUMAN is to understand the intrinsic role, nature, music and art plays in the social evolution of the self !
- Hilina Berhanu, Europe
Human means to advance and expand. Always exploring and looking for a purpose.
- Emanuel , Tulsa
It means human have the desire to get something in life and wisdom to analyse the life..
- Sara Sheikh, Pakistan
Being human is to have a concept of time, and self awareness of one's place and causal relationships within that timeline.
- Tommy Gilley, Royse City,Tx
To be human means to love, think, believe, explore, feel, and express feelings.
- Kristina Brown, Sylmar, California
It means that you are diverse, you are your own being. You have urges and a thinking process that makes you different from everything else.
- Josh, Astoria,OR
To be different from one another, and to care for animals and humans.
- Justin, Micheal, Astoria Or
Being human is like being able to do things like read, write breath, eat, sleep. Hunt, create, make food taste good.
- Cheyenne, Astoria
To be yourself but with a little bit of everyone.
- Maddie, Astoria, Oregon
It means that you are diverse, you are your own being. You have urges and a thinking process that makes you different from everything else.
- Josh, Astoria,OR
To be able to make your own choices/decisions and exhibit emotions.
- Kiley, Astoria, Oregon
Humans are unique and curious creatures with complex emotions and natural problem solvers.
- Karla, Astora, OR
The ability to feel emotions, you have your own thoughts, and you are culturally diverse in your own unique.
- Ashley, Astoria, OR
To be human is to feel, love, create, conquer, and believe.
- Ty, Astoria, Oregon
Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
Humans are complex beings who are spiritually connected and have their own thoughts and morals about the world around them.
- Brooke, Astoria
What makes us human is our individuality from everyone else, and out strive to get/be what we want.
- jason, Astoria, Oregon
The ability to ask questions like, "What does it mean to be human?"
- Jim Dew, Madison, WI
Being Human means being able to express oneself individually, to strive to better ourselves and our world.
- Cody, Astoria, Oregon
To be human means to overcome the challenges in life, achieve goals, fit into society, and to survive.
- Cole, Astoria, OR
Being human is simply being able to see your past, present, and future and aspiring to do it.
- Becca, Oregon
To be human is to be part of a society that has expectations and aspirations that you are perpetually trying to satisfy.
- Jessica, Astoria, Oregon
In order to be a human one must feel a variety of emotions, have flaws, and have a desire to grow.
- Allison, Oregon
To individually in a group expand what we expect from ourselves, learning from our many mistakes.
- What does it mean to be Human, OR
being human means that you can think for yourself, you make mistakes, you can decide rationally, and you have instincts.
- Jasmine Watson, United States of America
Having a conscience
- Mary Miller, New York State
Being human means to be able to evolve at a faster rate than any other living organism on the planet, and having an imagination to do so.
- Shannon Perucatti, South Africa
Having the ability to think, learn, make, improve , empathize , help, teach, share and most importantly evolve as a being..
- Ava, Philippines
To live in a self-constructed world of symbols and concepts. To touch "reality" only occasionally
- Rich, Columbus, Ohio
A man thinks calmly with eye's filled with compastion, beside him the same man is yelling eye's filled with hate
Humans are, Part god, part beast to be human is to wrestle with our selfs. And ultimately, to choose which one will guide our actions.
- Zavian, Canada
Neanderthals were apparently better care givers to their elderly than Homo republicanensis, that other archaic primate
- Gerry, Nebraska
To be the best people in the whole entire universe. And to also fool our family's traits and customs
- Jaffrey, Duluth, MN
Well it can mean anything you want it to. Human It dozen't mean anything because "meaning" is wholly subjective.
- Roger, Montana
Having the abilities to think, refine natural resources for our own comfort and protect or kill other species.
- Jason , Sydney, Australia
A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
When your human it means to be a mammal.A mammal has warm blood instead of cold blood like reptiles.Also humans are very intelligent.
- Brad Cary, U.S.A
It means we are more human or human more! Sè?
- Alex, IDK
To be a concisous animal, understanding its ability to reason and rationalze.
- shawn, toledo, oh
I'm not sure
- Mrs. Chomik, Stone age
The ability to actively pursue new ideas for the benefit of others
- Robert J. Lewis Sr, Hemet, Ca
A 1960 civil rights march for the right to vote.
The potential for awareness of and capacity to change group behaviors that determine adaptability to internal and external environments.
- J. Patrick Malone, Klamath Falls, Oregon
Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
- Francesco, Italy
Comprendere quanto siano meravigliosi i processi evolutivi.
- Francesco, Italy
To love,sacrifice,suffer,joy in friendship,alone in a sea of people,live &die yearn meaningful connections,find truth in the eyes of another
- Laura Elizabeth, Gatineau Quebec
To be human means that you have intelligence, conscious an feelings to rule the earth and all the living creatures with respect.
- Yota, Greece
Being human is to have emotion, a conscience, advanced societal structure, complex language, and a highly developed brain.
- Mary, Silver Spring, MD
To posses a large brain and the ability to communicate through speech and the use of tools
- Angelica Li, United States
Being human is one of the most beautiful and fascinating phenomena. Each timely adaptation led us to being the most advanced species known.
- Ariana, Bethesda, MD
Having the ability to know not only what it takes to survive and help your family, but also have a complex moral and social system.
- Jack, Maryland
Being human means being part of a modern evolutionary tree that includes some of the most intelligent species to ever live.
- Andrew Taylor, College Park, Maryland
I think that being human is having the ability to analyze, communicate through spoken language and writing, and express and feel emotions.
- Impana S., College Park, Maryland
It means we can problem solve and have the ability to impact the world
- Belton, In this bitch
To be advanced physically, intellectually, socially, emotionally, and spiritually. We build, learn, communicate, feel, and wonder.
- Elaine, Maryland
To be human is to learn and build off knowledge from present and deceased generations. Essentially, to have continuous growth in thought.
- Paul, University of Maryland, College Park
Being human means walking upright, making tools to hunt, communicating with symbols, & having highly developed brains
- Sherin Menachery, College Park, Maryland
To be human means to search for a greater purpose in life other than mere survival.
- Ana, Maryland
To realize that though we have different physical features, we have all developed the same traits that enable our existence in this world.
- Kay, Maryland
Humans are defined by physical traits and what they make us capable of.We are social have identities and are a combination of nature/nurture
- Kristi, College Park, MD
Personally, being human is all about realizing our potential by understanding where we come from, although controversial.
- Robel , Maryland
To be human is to have reason and a sense of self; physically, emotionally and spiritually.
- Kristen, Maryland
To be human is to be aware of our individuality and mortality and to desperately seek meaning in our brief existence.
- Daniel Cox, Sacramento, CA
It means that we are able to interact and create complex structures such as societes and technologies and use them to more complex species.
- Brian K, Maryland
Besides being a Homo sapiens, I think it means to be resourceful, social, and to have a complex understanding of the world around us.
- Nick , MD
Humans communicate in languages, don’t have hair all over the body, express emotions, create and destroy, make judgments, etc.
- Lisa Seo, College Park
Art, imagination, environmental alteration, connection, emotion, cognition, and purposeful creation and destruction all define being human.
- Anthony Z, Maryland
I believe humans must be able to express complex emotions such as love <3
- Jason Hsiao, University of Maryland
The only animal which thinks about thinking
- Karthik , chennai
Being a human is a chance to be proud!Don't miss that chance, because when you've miss it, you'll never got it back again!
- Phuong Tran Nam, Hanoi, Vietnam
i think it means to be human is to evolve
- dsmith, altantes
to live life to the fullest
- anita miller, losangeles
...We are a awareness encased here...
- Don Juan, Sonora
to have the will to survive and adapt, unlike any other species on this planet.
- Jordan Whitney, Ames, Iowa
To me, being human means interacting with those around us in order to form meaningful relationships, and striving to be happy.
- Kaitlin Bielec, Maryland
To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
To be human is to give an account of your life after you die,so make good use of it , animals not so.
- Walter, llioydminster
We are the only animals with a conscience, so we must insure that we treat our fellow human beings and other animals kindly.
- George, London,England,UK
To have 23 Chromosomes and be made in the image and likeness of God.
- Matt, Michigan
2 b the smartest most sophisticated species yet the dumbest & most savage. Our ego & belief of our superiority will be our downfall
- Jen, Santa Clarita
Being Human, means forever asking the questions "WHY ?" and "HOW ?"
- Elizabeth, Solihull, England
To be a human is to be a bipedal, very intelligent and self-aware primate capable of conscious and complex thought.
- Spencer, Gaithersburg, MD
We are nothing special - just a beautifully meaningless creation of nature's random but wonderful combination of matter and circumstance.
- Nesbert Mutare, Redcliff, Zimbabwe
I think being human means not only having our instincts, but being aware of them as well.
- Maddy Paulson, Hagerstown
To be alive, and have FUN!
- Richard, New York
I thimk therefore I is
- Reynard D'Argent, California
As humans, we have the ability to affect change in the world on a global scale through our knowledge and perception of the world around us.
- Jennifer W, Museum of Natural History
On a basic level, one is human if one has human DNA. However, we tend to associate many traits perceived to be good with our own species.
- Elizabeth H., Museum of Natural History
To be human means to be created in the image of God
- Daniel, Maryland
Manipulating natural elements–agriculture: a huge factor in the development not only of the human species, but the world as a whole.
- Isabelle, College Park, MD
An evolved life form aware of it's transience, mortality. Main ambition is to avoid pain, maximize pleasure and a shared fear of death