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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 have a free will and emotions. Humans seek for something higher and greater that will give endless joy.
Alyssa
- Alyssa, South Carolina
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being human means to be smart to your abilities, to be able to walk upright, and to have a locking knee joint
michael
- michael, massachussetts
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to be human is to be an agent of change, with the ability to create ideas and environments of our own conception.
Michael
- Michael, Connecticut
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To think independently and act upon
Joe
- Joe, Internet
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Being created in the image of God, having an eternal soul and the ability to have a relationship with the Creator of the universe!
Chelsea
- Chelsea, Los Angeles
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So what does it mean to be human? I think human beings need to be introspective. To me this is the difference between humans and animals.
Claudia
- Claudia, California
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To be human is to be created in the image of God for a sanctifying relationship with Him.
Makenna
- Makenna , Dillon
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To be human is to choose to care about another of our species and those of other species. It is to love and to be loved.
Ann Bartok-Venetis
- Ann Bartok-Venetis, Toronto, Canada
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A creation of some greater being that created the universe.
Bob
- Bob, Here
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To be human is to be able to adapt to the world and to be able to use our large brains to share ideas.
Khoa
- Khoa, Torrance
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Language, highly developed cultures, and some lucky mutations.
Samm
- Samm, WA
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To love cats
Olive
- Olive, Waunakee,WI
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To be human means we are stumbling through our lives trying to find our purpose.
Jared Alexander
- Jared Alexander, Indiana
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Being aware of the fact that you don't know everything, but that it is possible to know more than you do now.
Simon
- Simon, England
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To have such a diverse population. Humans don't all speak the same language, don't always see eye to eye. We're destructive sometimes.
Alydia
- Alydia, Iqualuit, Nunavut
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To be human, is to think, explore, learn and develop your culture.
Ashley Johnson
- Ashley Johnson, Washington,DC
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As humans we have the ability to comprehend that we exist with millions of other species and that our actions affect all living things.
Greg L
- Greg L, Memphis, TN
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it isnt much different from other animals. we walk on two legs is one difference, but monkeys can to. so we are not that unique
marissa
- marissa, belleville
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To be human is to have a role in life, giving you purpose.
BigDaddyJohn
- BigDaddyJohn, Ny,Ny
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To have a body, mind, and soul, be able to think, reason, have emotion, and be aware of itself, in both the things seen and unseen.
Rachel
- Rachel, Ohio
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To have a heightened understanding of ones self and others. To create and destroy. To think; say, feel, and love.
Angus Croaby
- Angus Croaby, Hong Kong
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Being human means to have the ability to think rationally and not guiding ourselves by instincts
Rayner Artiles Rodriguez
- Rayner Artiles Rodriguez, Fairfax
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A primate that some features gave him the conscience of himself.
Michel
- Michel, St Cloud, MN
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To be human is to marvel at complexity of the universe and to despair at the shortness of life.
Caroline
- Caroline, Sydney
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We have a culture and a complex way of living that no other animals have such as music, art and literature.
Mia Zimonjic
- Mia Zimonjic, Los Angeles, CA
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It means to be able to empathize and sympathize and utilize that which is on the earth.
Margaret M. Ariel
- Margaret M. Ariel, Pegariel@aol.com
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I think to be human is: to think, to belong, to share, to be part of, to love, to be loved, to be shy, to be bold, to be selfish.
James Zaworski
- James Zaworski, Shenzhen, China
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To be human is to want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
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To embrace the traits that make us unique within the animal kingdom, and use them well.
Savannah Johnston
- Savannah Johnston, Burlington, Ontario
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Human nature is being able to change think logically,have emotions, and be independent.
charlie
- charlie, texas
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To be loved, to love, experience, make mistakes, and to prevail, despite our shortcomings.
Savannah
- Savannah, Coronado, CA
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a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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life leasurely
Being human means to be caught up in life.
Yuri
- Yuri, Heuco Mundo
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This shows that people and animals can live in the same environment.
Being human means making mistakes and accepting your surroundings.
Grace Tilghman
- Grace Tilghman, Washington DC
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To be human is to be capable of genius and madness, to be aware of the past and to imagine the future.
physicsdude
- physicsdude, Austin, TX
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To be human means to be living, breathing, humerous and curious
Jack
- Jack, PA
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To be human is to question what it means to be human.
Joel Ward
- Joel Ward, Galesburg, IL
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you are what makes you human because you understand that there is a you and not just the instinct to survive.
Daniella
- Daniella , Northside High School
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Human is the most fragile organic species in the world
marcos
- marcos, paraguay
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To use our minds and resources to make realizations on our own, not depending on others to make those for us. Kind of like smithsonite does
Mr Evans
- Mr Evans, Virginia
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