You are here

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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

Being human form

Please select an image to upload that illustrates your answer to what it means to be human. Please do not upload any personal photos. No photos including children under 13. By uploading any image, you are giving special permission for the image to be published on the website and in our exhibition.
Files must be less than 1 GB.
Allowed file types: png jpg jpeg.
Please add tags to further categorize this response.
CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.

Vertical Tabs

To be human is to be unique and be individual since it can divide the true understanding of two different people's true strength.
Jack Tan
- Jack Tan, Blackburn High School Blackburn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3130
0
To have the capacity for both knowing truth and what is right, but also the capacity for being extremely cruel and destructive and ignorant.
Isaac
- Isaac, Seattle, USA
0
To be selfish and not share anything
Idk
- Idk, god knows
0
Nothing more than what it means for a bird to be a bird
Josehp
- Josehp, Queenstown, Newyork
0
The ability to stick one's head up his own ass seems pretty unique to the human species.
Beakerblog
- Beakerblog, Texas
0
Compassion, Discovery, Exploration, Love.
Ted Caudill
- Ted Caudill, Oxford, OH
0
Being human means to shed your Metaphysical view of Reality and Human Nature regularly, as a snake sheds its skin to grow and mature.
Phillip Batz
- Phillip Batz, Rochester NY
0
I think Humans have an awarness of self and future
Gail
- Gail, Canada
0
We are aware of our own thinking.
Sarah
- Sarah, Virginia
0
To answer this question
literal answer
- literal answer, Earth
0
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
0
By nature w are created in God's image, this is evidenced by that we are rational free beings unlike all other animals in the world
Mike McKinstry
- Mike McKinstry, England
0
Animals that test objective or subjective goals during experiences to bring new thought and contribute to believed ideals.
Chase S
- Chase S, North Carolina
0
Humans can think beyond what can be seen, creating new ideas. Using them to change our evolutionary path and our surroundings.
Clinton Williams
- Clinton Williams, Golden horseshoe, Canada
0
I think being a human means to not litter on the earth.
Cordelia Zeckowski
- Cordelia Zeckowski, Annapolis md
0
what it means to be human is were all different. we can learn how to do many things.
nicole
- nicole, waterville,me
0
To love, to know it as love, and to be grateful for that love.
Craig P.
- Craig P., Kansas City, Mo
0
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
0
A human possess a soul.
Jonathan
- Jonathan , Greenville, Sc
0
Being human means we can reason, feel hope and wonder about everything we don't know...yet.
Drewen Young
- Drewen Young, Powell River, BC, Canada
0
Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
5
To possess a conscience; a part of us that allows us to discern right from wrong (i.e. feel guilt) and it shapes how we act.
TrinityTitans
- TrinityTitans, Oakville
1
To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
1
To be human is to face challenges. One was starting to walk upright. We are also always inventing & communicating efficiently.
ASJKJD
- ASJKJD, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
0
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
0
To posses a large brain and the ability to communicate through speech and the use of tools
Angelica Li
- Angelica Li, United States
0
Being human means knowing you are alive and having a conscience.
Chris
- Chris , emmaus HS
0
Being human is starting from a worm and becoming the most intelligent, successful, and populated species on Earth.
Christopher Jackson
- Christopher Jackson, Lexington, KY
0
it means a person THAT lives.
yoselin
- yoselin, united states
0
We have been through a lot in evolution but don't you think we took it to far
hando
- hando, london
0
To be human you must be driven by ego instead of nature. To be human you must ask why. To be human you can never be satisfied.
Robert Dombroski
- Robert Dombroski, North Plainfield, NJ
0
To have the ability to learn and change our ways because of it.
Maxine Newbury
- Maxine Newbury, Coventry England
0
Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
0
Being a sentient being that has a sense of oneself in all 5 senses and in the mind
your mother
- your mother, my house
0
Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
0
you are what makes you human because you understand that there is a you and not just the instinct to survive.
Daniella
- Daniella , Northside High School
0
For scientist, they classify human as animals that is living on Earth and they are the animals that evolved from homo sapiens sapiens.
BananaKING
- BananaKING, India Chennai
0
Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
0
I think being a human means changing. If you think about it we all came from a relatively similar past but changed in our own ways.
Gabby Mathews
- Gabby Mathews, springfield, mo
0
To be human is to be completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
0