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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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human beings are one of viruses favourite ways to make more viruses
chistletoe
- chistletoe, usa
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Being human means being able to communicate thoughts, feelings, emotions, & ideas through words, art, and symbols.
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Torrance
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Being human means being proud and strong, thankful for living on our planet Earth. That is what it means to be human.
Deegan Winkelman
- Deegan Winkelman, Fraser MI
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Being human is to be compassionate and take care of each other and the environment in which we live, including all of god's creatures.
Heather
- Heather, Johnson
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What it means to be human is the capability to faith, hope and love.
Priscilla
- Priscilla, Turlock, CA
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To be human is to be conceited and to experience pain and suffering until the sweet release of death.
Charlie
- Charlie, Sheepleville
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Being Human means being able to express oneself individually, to strive to better ourselves and our world.
Cody
- Cody, Astoria, Oregon
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no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
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two feet, have non-animal features and to not be very hairy like the Homo habilis.
Nereida rios
- Nereida rios, springfield, MA
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Being human means having the ability to think and feel complexly, whilebeing able to respond to our natural instincts like other beings.
Bradley
- Bradley, Belleville, Il
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To be human is to be aware to the point of oblivion.
Daniella Calasanz
- Daniella Calasanz, Washington State
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To hold hopes and dreams for the future and have an understanding of our mortality.
CK
- CK, U.S.
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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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What separates humans from other things is that we can evolve and lead. We've changed the way we've lived and survived since humans began.
Lily
- Lily, Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Humans create art, create rituals, tell stories, and learn for the sake of learning.
Lorraine Ramsdell
- Lorraine Ramsdell, Washington DC
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mean we can think , make sth, we are wonderful about every thing that is good perfect
samaneh
- samaneh, Iranian
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Being human means being able to understand and choose between right and wrong, good or evil.
Anton
- Anton, Woodburn
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To be human is to ponder what it means to be human.
Devlin Donnelly
- Devlin Donnelly, Seattle
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Being human means to feel compassion with others regardless of kinship and to act selflessly based on that compassion.
Samantha Winkler
- Samantha Winkler, Manchester, UK
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To be able to learn individually, from each other and collectively and to pass on the knowledge to the next generation.
Jagan Mohan R
- Jagan Mohan R, Pondicherry, India
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To be human means having a large brain which in turn allows us to be on another level of social interaction and communication.
Tristan
- Tristan, Portland, OR
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To be human is to be comfortable in ones own skin. To seek perfection in someone or in yourself,is, to me, inhumane.
Tanya Kaseke
- Tanya Kaseke, Johannesburg, South Afric
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To experience the impossibles.
Marie C
- Marie C, Portland - RHS
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To Think (sapiens), Perchance to dream. To Question. To Strive. To Learn. To Love . To Believe.
Nancy
- Nancy, Kingston Ontario Canada
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medicine wheel secret garden
To Wonder, Play, Learn, Know, Sing, Dance, Wander, Love, Be Silent, Revere, Weep, Un-Know, Grow, Die, Grow, Wonder...
Michael
- Michael, Blue Ridge Highlands, VA
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Our true nature is that of being a spiritual being having a physical experience where we learn from the physical reality of the universe
Fred Pirone
- Fred Pirone , Tampa
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To be human is to want to create something your own and to make an impact in something you care about using your creation
Francis Wells
- Francis Wells, Washington, DC
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Destroying Forests in Indonesia for Palm Oil used by Frito-lay, Skittles, Hersheys and more
To be human, is to be selfish. We take from animals, we take from other people and we take from this earth.
Belle
- Belle, Pullman, Washington
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To be human is to be a member of the species Homo sapiens.
Millard
- Millard, Earth
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To be human is to own your humanity. Our ancestors didn't struggle to make sure our species survived just to have us destroy our planet.
Ethel Arauz
- Ethel Arauz, Fayetteville, NC
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art in motion
we are a visitor here to respect & enjoy the evolution of life . . .
debe
- debe, santa fe, nm
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Curiosity and the ability of being able to discover and making sense out of our world.
Shane Huynh
- Shane Huynh, Santa Barbara
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To be human is to wonder about our own being, never losing sight of the mystery of our own existence, continually willing to be the seekers.
Eric Lomas
- Eric Lomas, Omaha, NE
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Diversifying natural evolution with environment to pro-create which prolongs chances to stages beyond spirituality and intelligence.
L. Ming Zhi
- L. Ming Zhi, Kuala lumpur
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To be human means we aren't perfect. From hairy apes to hairless humans, we've made mistakes, failed, & tried again.
MB
- MB, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human means that you can have feelings, the ability to think and love.
Cody
- Cody, Somerset, Ma
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To grasp the concept of time, to understand things which we don't need to understand, to not need to rely on instincts to do things.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Australia
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To be human is to believe in others a better world in times of doubt.
Olivia
- Olivia, Cincinnati
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It means being part of a truly cultural primal species.
Roberto
- Roberto, São Paulo, Brazil
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To be human is to destroy & create, laugh, smile, to stand on 2 legs, to be idiotic, is to be human.
Mi
- Mi, Vancouver, WA, USA
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