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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.

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

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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
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I think being human means not only having our instincts, but being aware of them as well.
Maddy Paulson
- Maddy Paulson, Hagerstown
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ethics, morality & the ability to reason
Lynn Aylward
- Lynn Aylward, Gainesville, FL
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To put people and the planet before money. Hopefully, we can evolve into having this mindset before it's too late.
Italo Barone
- Italo Barone, Toronto.
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The meaning of life is 42
Morgan
- Morgan, Bay Area California
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We have the ability understand our impact the world even if we ignore it
Rick
- Rick, Liberty
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Humans are social we are capable of love, hope, and sympathy. And thats what keeps us alive, the ability to stay together through emotions.
Nora
- Nora, Portland, OR
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Being a human means you have a mind, body, and soul. You communicate with other humans and have dominion over all other creatures.
Briseydi
- Briseydi, greenville, Sc
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To be capable of asking such a question.
Justin Graves
- Justin Graves, Wilmington, NC
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To be human it means to live life and make the best out of it aprestiate your ancesters
John flax
- John flax, Las angles
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Humans means to be happy and accepting the things that are coming to you in life
Luis Lazo
- Luis Lazo, Team Lemming
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We are humans because that is who we choose to see ourselves as. If we evolve into another species, will we still call ourselves Human?
Jesse
- Jesse, Florida
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Versatility and creativity.
Victoria Ayers
- Victoria Ayers, Willaimsport PA
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Born good at doing bad things
leonardrichard@hotmail.com
- leonardrichard@hotmail.com, Frisco, Texas
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Being human means to advance. To constantly move forward always adapting and changing things around us.
Daniel Lawson
- Daniel Lawson, Mount Vernon, IL
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Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
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it means to be free.
bogogo
- bogogo, is not your info
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To be self-aware of your own existence
Anonymous
- Anonymous, B.C
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An arsenal of concepts that manifest as either physical objects and structures or cultural practices.
William
- William, Oregon
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Being human means to be able to interact with others emotionally and intellectually.
katherine
- katherine, greenville south carolina
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To be able to communicate, make choices, and evolve with your natural environment, and co-exist with each other.
Ann Marsh
- Ann Marsh, Redding, CA
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It means to feel complex emotions, feel what it is to be frustrated, feel confused, feel loved, feel sorrow, feel human.
Eliot Reid-Kempf
- Eliot Reid-Kempf, Denver, Co
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As limited resources are available, I must fight, enslave, and control my fellow man before he does it to me.
Frank
- Frank , Middletown, NJ
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To pretend. Apes do not know how to pretend.
Zoran Tasa
- Zoran Tasa, Belgrade
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It´s means that we have the hability of collective learning
GenaroBar
- GenaroBar, México City
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Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
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to be human is to be kind,loving,friends we have to be nice to each other to stay in the human race and live.
leon fahy
- leon fahy, preston
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Human is a creature that is able to master tools, communicate, adapt to certain environment, and superior to other species.
Lil Rick
- Lil Rick, New Jersey
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The pinnacle of creation, the Image of God, called to love and serve Him in all we do.
Evan
- Evan, Tennessee
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It means wanting to know why, how, what and where and having the ability and drive to answer those questions.
Abby
- Abby, Oregon
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Human's can choose right from wrong.This comes at the huge cost of all.
Danielle Montello
- Danielle Montello, Rockport, Ma
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Being a human is to have a living life and to follow the rules and laws of being a human like law and orders. Humans are a type of species.
Lisa Askew
- Lisa Askew, Sacred Heart College
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Being human, means you have friends and a family, people that love you and would do anything for you in a heartbeat.
Jaden
- Jaden, California
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What separates humans from everything else is our innate sense of expression, communication, and over all superior intelligence.
Jason
- Jason, Chicago
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to have a sense of self and an identity, with thoughts and feelings
gabi
- gabi, Maryland
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We change the lives of every thing
linda catfish
- linda catfish, Oakland, California
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To be human is to have morals, beliefs, and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
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To accept our faults and improve as individuals. To expand our knowledge by engaging in reasonable discussion. To better the future.
Roy
- Roy, Australia
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Humans are made in the image of God, have ability to be in a relationship with God, & have rule over non-human creatures on earth.
Jess
- Jess, Baltimore
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Bipedal, socially oriented, oxygen dependant, selfaware organic mass of molecules that have the ability question the world around us.
Kiesha Hotson
- Kiesha Hotson, Virginia Beach
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