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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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It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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What are authoritative definitions of "human"?
Patrick D. Shannon
- Patrick D. Shannon, USA
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To be human is to learn from your mistakes. Learning about the world and teach others about it. You never learn from perfection
Jess
- Jess, Australia
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To be human is to be full of life.
Nayma
- Nayma, Inglewood
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To be able to ask ourselves that very question.
Tim K. Robb
- Tim K. Robb, Antibes, France
5
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
To be aware of you and your earth and to help what's around you.
Ciara
- Ciara, California
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A reflective drop of water on a green leaf.
To use our knowledge of human nature to improve our society, and ultimately, human nature itself.
Vlad Muresan
- Vlad Muresan, Romania
2
To be human is to have the ability to communicate and plan the future.
Sharon Tamir
- Sharon Tamir, Israel
5
Having the ability to think, learn, make, improve , empathize , help, teach, share and most importantly evolve as a being..
Ava
- Ava, Philippines
0
Being on the top at the food chain by the virtue of developed knowledge and skills.
mansoorq
- mansoorq, pakistan
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A stunning fossil of a meme
to appreciate the spiciest memes
Rilie
- Rilie, Boston
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what it means to be a human is to be able to talk, walk speak, and interact with others
Quinise
- Quinise, a place
5
Our ability to think of this answer. Our ability to lie, love, compare and contrast. To create and invent. To predict and preprepare.
Matt R
- Matt R, Hudson River Valley, NY
1
i think it means to be human is to evolve
dsmith
- dsmith, altantes
0
it means to be able to put a mark on the world as a testament of your own existence...
Sayak Chakraborty
- Sayak Chakraborty, Kolkata, India
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To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
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
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being human means to have this unique sense of awareness and ability to comprehend what is around us in very detailed ways.
sumit karki
- sumit karki, alhambra, CA
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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
Constant evolution and change.
Jackie
- Jackie, Orlando, FL
5
To seek the truth.
Luke
- Luke, NY
5
it means that were not perfect we mess up and we give up and we dont always stick to what were during but thats what humans do
melissa wright
- melissa wright, chaminade
5
To be continually adapting to the world around us.
Steve
- Steve, Washington, DC
5
To self-reflect and see our impact on other humans and on the Earth. Alexa Fleckenstein M.D., physician, author.
Alexa Fleckenstein
- Alexa Fleckenstein, Brookline MA
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
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
5
Being human means being self aware, feeling emotional pain, and the drive to do more with life then just live.
Storm Cartee
- Storm Cartee, Washington Court House, OH
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
5
Feeling what is right and what is wrong. To understand that our word must be taken care of.
Cindy
- Cindy, Indiana
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
Is being self-aware and capable of learning from that awareness. The freedom to ignore that is also the freedom to multiply your reach.
Andres B
- Andres B, Mexico City
5
To torture and kill billions of living things, and destroy the Earth's natural habitats and ecosystems.
Kyle Briggs
- Kyle Briggs, Behind you
5
To be able to live not just in the present moment.
Angus
- Angus, Victoria BC Canada
5
To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
5
Cry in front of a movie when you know the characters aren't real.
Sébastien D
- Sébastien D, Luxembourg
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 know more than you should and think less than you could
F Cahill
- F Cahill, Dublin Ireland
5
To me, being human is more than eating to stay alive.It means caring for other people.
molly
- molly, md
5