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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 be the pinnacle of God's creation. Humans are made in His image, and are given charge over the whole created order.
Michael
- Michael, Greenville
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To be created by God in his image.
Madi
- Madi, St.Louis
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Being human means being able to show compassion to and feel empathy for others.
Emily Waldren
- Emily Waldren, Chicago, IL
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I've got an unpopular (howbeit true) answer: to be human is to be made in the image of God.
Beth
- Beth, San Francisco, CA
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Did you know the 1st word was danger? We communicated back then and do so now in different ways! This is what it means to be human.
OS
- OS, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Our brain and our skull grows allowing our brain to develop Giving us our technology, sensibility, emotions and most importantly our culture
Jessica G
- Jessica G, Roosevelt
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To love and be loved in return.
Kyle
- Kyle, China
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To question, To wonder, To share, To doubt ourselves, To ask what it means to be human
Carly L
- Carly L, Montana
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it looks like the humans ate raw meat
billy
- billy, China
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A test of what smarter primates could do.
Asad
- Asad, The United States of America
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Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
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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
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Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
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taking care of ones self and others around them.to become advanced and learn the true meaning of life and the universe itself.
Jesse Duran
- Jesse Duran, millbrae
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Humans are land based organisms which rely on powerful inventions, elaborate plans, and fellowship. They perform scientific investigations.
Philip Moseman
- Philip Moseman, Omaha, NE
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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
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You aren't perfect; you make mistakes. You have the power to change if you have the courage, and you can do whatever you set your mind to.
Carly Rose
- Carly Rose, Portland, Oregon
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To be human is to understand that there is an unseen force beneath our fleshly appearance which governs our daily actions.
Thelma
- Thelma, Garland, Tx
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To have faith.
Alexis
- Alexis, South Carolina
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To be human is to think, feel, see, smell, hear, and taste what the world has to offer
Alex Bykovtsev
- Alex Bykovtsev, Santa Barbara California
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Is being able to ask ourselves the meaning of our existence and having the opportunity to share ideas through complex technology!
Ana
- Ana, Calgary, AB
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human, in my eyes, is just the unique-ness of every one and every thing, and having the ability to notice.
"Lizard"
- "Lizard", "Seal"
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To be compassionate toward all life, and to be able to manipulate the environment for better or worse.
John Perdrizet
- John Perdrizet, Holyoke, Ma
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Think beyond survival.
Andrew Rava
- Andrew Rava, Your mothers bed
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it looks like the humans ate raw meat
billy
- billy, China
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to live, and to die. that is the answer.
vondovi Ucim
- vondovi Ucim, toronto, canada
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being able communicate w/ each other, understand each other and symbols, feel emotions, and create objects to help us live.
Taylor
- Taylor, Torrance, CA
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Being human has only one goal that is to worship Allah
Taqwa
- Taqwa, Malaysia
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To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
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It doesn't 'mean' anything. (What does it 'mean' to be a daffodil?)
Oliver
- Oliver, London/Oxford
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it means we have the freedom to be our own person
Cassidy
- Cassidy, Waterville Maine
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Being human means a unique, diverse species
Michael Huang
- Michael Huang, Germantown, MD
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It means that we have the ability to create and cherish the arts, our environment, different species, and each other. Please do so often.
Michael Hollman
- Michael Hollman, Oakland, CA
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It means we can create, love, and that we are responsible for the world. That we are and will always be a community.
Abhay
- Abhay, Fremont
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the ability to change our surroundings to suite ourselves, therefore making us extremely adaptable and expanding our niche
Nina
- Nina, Texas
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To be human means to share your pain with other people. Literally.
tj
- tj, Okiehoma United States
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to connect with things, with people, with the land, with ourselves and try to figure out the meaning of life if there even is one
Dinnah
- Dinnah, Pennsylvania
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why does scientist say that we are " In the perfect location of life" what happen if aren't to only in the universe.
syfy
- syfy, albuquerque
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To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
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Being human is to make mistakes, then learn from those mistakes, so you don't make them again.
Jonathan Gregory
- Jonathan Gregory, Australia
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