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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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It means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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to be like us
m a z
- m a z, iran
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To be human is to be a woman, who laughs at her subset, a man, and his chimpish attempt to be more woman-like.
Woman
- Woman, Earth
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It is not enough to learn how to survive, we have to learn how to live. It is not enough to discover, we have to find our purpose.
David Tabari
- David Tabari, Oklahoma City, OK
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to be human is to understand our own intelligence and control over our given environment to meet our needs for survival ,
simon
- simon, Crewe ,England
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Human is the only one who asks " where I am from and is there anything for me after I die ?. Answer - No...human is just space dust...
Behzad
- Behzad , Melbourne, Australia
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Humans (and some of our ancestors) are the only animals that can use and manipulate fire.
Sean
- Sean, Portland, OR
5
A man thinks calmly with eye's filled with compastion, beside him the same man is yelling eye's filled with hate
Humans are, Part god, part beast to be human is to wrestle with our selfs. And ultimately, to choose which one will guide our actions.
Zavian
- Zavian, Canada
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Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
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to live on earth with a brain a spine no claws and live civilized
angelina
- angelina, nc
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To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
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to understand the meaning of this question
rosie b-y
- rosie b-y, ithaca N.Y
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To use social skills, be able to use our brain for complex uses, and creating, and/or using tools for a better and easier human life.
Luis-Saul Brophy
- Luis-Saul Brophy, High Tech LA
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Being human is much more than survive, is the need to understand, learn and create.
Axel Vargas
- Axel Vargas, Mexico
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To have an incredibly large number of choices about our actions, from intentional cruelty of the most extreme degree to transcendence.
Deborah
- Deborah, Minnesota
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Being human means, having self control, profound intelligence, and being able to express one's self in a variety of ways.
Taylor Gaskins
- Taylor Gaskins, Washington, DC
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He chooses the way of his life and the way of his manner according to sensations and emotions,but rarely he thinks! So he is a human!
Masoud Masserrat
- Masoud Masserrat, Iran
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To be human is to stumble and fall, but always try to get back up again.
Will
- Will, Missouri
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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 put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
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Humans are beings who have bodies and heartbeats as well as thoughts that are both mental and spiritual.
Kaisa
- Kaisa, Astoria, Oregon
5
We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
5
Imagine the future, but don't forget to study the past
E. Wei
- E. Wei, California
5
To wonder at life.
Paul Hollombe
- Paul Hollombe, Los Angeles
5
To be human is our ability to be like GOD.Kindness , Merciful , Generous , and Clever
Zahra
- Zahra, Shiraz,Iran
5
"Humans are the only animals that blush - or need to."
Mark
- Mark, Twain
5
To be the first species to be able to look back and reflect on how we got here; from spiritual, biological, and historical levels.
Serena
- Serena, El Paso
5
To be human is to require education of the mind. To be human is to be subject to an evolving education.
Felicity Earnshaw
- Felicity Earnshaw, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC, Canada
5
More than just killing, eating, sleeping, repeating.
Cal Johnson
- Cal Johnson, Washington
5
Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
5
To be human is to realize that if we are not careful our selfish genes could be our undoing.
Becca
- Becca, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
5
To know select, prepare and make the food day by day and share that knowledge to next generation
José António Madruga Carvalho
- José António Madruga Carvalho, Portugal
5
Monkey in pink with make-up and jewelry on.
to be a self-important monkey, dressed up in clothes that thinks the universe cares about one's personal life/plight.
Anne
- Anne, Baltimore, MD
5
It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
5
Walking upright; opposable thumb; make and use tools; live in social group; some form of communication; larger brain.
Frank Giammanco
- Frank Giammanco, Upper Saddle River, NJ
5
The ability to make sauce. No other animal can change it's environment just to make things superficially, but actually, better.
M. Frenkel
- M. Frenkel, Virginia
5
To be made for communion, to have self- and social awareness to give, to have a moral sense, and to be able imagine the transcendent.
Joshua B
- Joshua B, Maryland
5
To think, believe and have faith.
Lindsay
- Lindsay, West Chester, PA
5
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
5
To be able to lick your own nose
Mr Barrat
- Mr Barrat, BBC News
5