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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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Being human is just one of the endless things you could have been. Just one member of one species. Everything you do is everything you are.
Ryan Parker
- Ryan Parker, Reno
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Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
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to be naive, to make mistake, to be imperfect but to learn from your mistakes and grow your mind set to be perfect.
yeng lor
- yeng lor, arvada, colorado
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To be human is to live how God originally made us. Creatures who live and love to glorify their creator.
Ryan Munn
- Ryan Munn, South Carolina
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Our purpose is to share our knowledge of a living Creator. I can create therefore there must be a Creator.
Myrigga
- Myrigga , 77523
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The full awareness of self and others.
Walter D. Shultz
- Walter D. Shultz, 337 Eldorado Circle, Seymour, TN 37865, USA
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To mainstream
Hipster
- Hipster, Some place on Earth
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die
miguel
- miguel, arvin
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To be aware that life is not without the responsibility of valuing all forms of it, not in dominion but in equanimity and synergy.
J.T.
- J.T., Washington, DC
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To be human is being smart and we are more advanced then animals and have more skills then animal.
Rithik
- Rithik, Johannesburg
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To know why we are born as Humans, to prove the cause by ourselves and finally to educate other humans too about that cause.
Bairoji Shiva Kumar
- Bairoji Shiva Kumar, Secunderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India
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To have the ability to record thoughts, history and ideas.
James
- James, Maryland
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To be human is to communicate and react, then act and adapt to the situation.
Kangaroo500
- Kangaroo500, Australia
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A superior organic life form that has the ability to build and adapt to any environment and makes mistakes and is not perfect.
Darshan Govender
- Darshan Govender, Johannesburg
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For us, H. sapiens, upright walk, precision grip, symbolic thought
Scott H.
- Scott H., Dubuque, IA, USA
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Being human involves interdependence. We depend on one another for emotional support, for employment, for food. The list is endless.
Ben
- Ben, Hammond, Louisiana
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Being connected to people and taking care of them is what makes us human.
Ghithi
- Ghithi, Oman
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To be human means to be made in the image of God. We've inherited with that title an intrinsical worth that we'll never fully understand.
Katie
- Katie, London
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To have emotions and feelings.
Madie
- Madie, Ohio
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To be human is to feel compassion and feel emotions.
Tutt Baker
- Tutt Baker, Santa barbra
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Humans are animals with something more, something we can't even comprehend, that makes us able to question and understand.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Amherst, MA
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It means to be made in the image and likeness of God, have free will and be blessed with a conscience.
Amanda Tran
- Amanda Tran, Waterville, ME
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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
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humans are humans because they are intelligent enough to say that they know nothing
wmuh
- wmuh, germany
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To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
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Humans have emotional complexity, advanced communication, creativity, and sentience. They are at once totally unique and tied to everything.
Woodskids
- Woodskids, Chapel Hill, NC
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To have inlaws.
Jim
- Jim, New Jersey
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i think what it means to be a human is to make mistake and by making them adapt into the environment
marcus
- marcus, melbourne
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A human ponders about his/her past and how it influences the present and reflects on how their actions can affect the future.
Jill
- Jill, Oakland, California
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Human means to be a marvelous and incredible creation by God. Humans have an eternal soul. Read the Bible, God will reveal truth to you.
Nancy Brunnemer
- Nancy Brunnemer, Colorado
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To be human is to be a reflection of the One who made me - an image bearer of the Creator (God).
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Greenville, SC
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We care about things more than survival.
Yan
- Yan, S.Pasadena, CA
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To posses a large brain and the ability to communicate through speech and the use of tools
Angelica Li
- Angelica Li, United States
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Humans constitute the first and only species which has named itself. We, humans, have proclaimed ourselves humans. To be human is to name.
Cedric Fangeat
- Cedric Fangeat, London
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being human means being bipedal, showing emotion and love and using culture/technology. This includes medicine.
leah seymour
- leah seymour, colfax
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Being human means you have a soul.
Ally
- Ally, Indiana
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To be driven to find love and meaning for yourself.
Corey Bither
- Corey Bither, Boston, MA
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To be human is the ability to reason and be reasoned with.
Babatunji
- Babatunji, Nigeria
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To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
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Being human allows me to look in the mirror everyday and see the handiwork of God our creator.
Todd Roberts
- Todd Roberts, Springfield, Ohio
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