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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 start small and weak and grow to amazing lengths, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Judith T
- Judith T, Roosevelt HS
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It means survival under given conditions.
Kristy
- Kristy, DC
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What differentiates us from Neanderthal is our trading habits. Humans are the only species that trade over larger geographical distances.
Reindert Daniels
- Reindert Daniels, The Netherlands
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Living on the knife edge between the ancient biological forces that shaped us and the modern social & cultural forces that oppose them.
Scott
- Scott, Summerville, SC
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For every human, life is a struggle to get better treatment in this rancorous planet. In the end strongest always prevails over the weakest.
Abdullah Chatha
- Abdullah Chatha, New York, USA
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It means to have a conscience about when you did something wrong so that you can fix it or at least try too.
Kyndell
- Kyndell, Missouri
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To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
5
I think being human is being able to learn and discover new things
Timothy Connor
- Timothy Connor, Elizabethtown PA
3
It means that we use the knowledge of our past experiences to face the challenges that are forced upon us.
Luca
- Luca, Portland, Oregon
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To have the ability to use multiple complex languages to communicate to other members of its own species.
Bobby
- Bobby, Australia
5
being human means going to school and learn about what is it to be human
Parul
- Parul, Bangalore , India
1
I cook my food, make things, talk, breed plants and animals, and think things out. How about you 6,999,999,999 others?
Rob
- Rob, London, UK
5
Rituals is something from your culture and you do; for example a dance. Its something you do to celebrate something.
Mikhayla
- Mikhayla, new jersey
5
BEING HUMAN MEANS YOU ARE CAPABLE OF FEELING AND BEING ABLE TO HAVE PHIYSICAL FEATURES AND REACTIONS TO DIFFERENT THINGS.
IRIS SANCHEZ
- IRIS SANCHEZ , HEMET CA
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Being the product of millions of years of biological and social evolution. Being human means being the most versatile species on Earth.
Andrea Gyori
- Andrea Gyori, Romania
5
To have human intellect.
Ralph
- Ralph, Indiana
5
Shadow of family cast by vert. bands of blue and yellow light. Dad holds phone.
“Being” human requires self-awareness, emotion, curiosity, creativity, & adaptability. Knowing, feeling, wondering, dreaming, achieving.
Johanna Oakes
- Johanna Oakes, Spokane, WA
3
To be human means to search for a greater purpose in life other than mere survival.
Ana
- Ana, Maryland
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To evolve.
Cynthia
- Cynthia, Mesa, AZ
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To have the gift of seeing our own uniqueness and yet our oneness and interconnectedness with all else on the planet
Joshua Courtenay
- Joshua Courtenay, Sheffield University
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Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
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
5
Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
5
To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
5
It means that you have many responsibilities such as taking care of your home planet.
Kiva Brearton
- Kiva Brearton, Colorado
5
No more or less than what it meant to be Australopithecus sediba.
John white
- John white, yuma, arizona
5
The ability to separate ourselves from other animals, by studying non-human species and the Earth, and showing them proper respect.
Emma
- Emma, Berkshires
5
to be human is to wander to travel, to always wonder what is just over the horizon.
stanley chin
- stanley chin, falls church, va
5
To be human is to be a person that has one's own flaws and mistakes so that we can learn from them.
Henry Pimentel, Jr.
- Henry Pimentel, Jr., High Tech LA
5
To understand that you ARE. And a relative of everyone around you and around the world. And to treat that family accordingly.
l.a. hulsey
- l.a. hulsey, wickenburg,az
5
To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
5
somtimes to be human is to be selfish and think we are the only ones on the earth. But also to make improvements to the world
Kelly
- Kelly , virginia
5
To be human is to show respect for our past and emancipate ourselves with the faint and vulnerable candle of reason.
Ryan Lannom
- Ryan Lannom, California
5
To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
5
it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
5
to be part of an amazing speices ,that is quickly growing and advancing at a rapid rate
nicole
- nicole , colorado springs
5
To share experiences, thoughts and love.
Bob
- Bob, Amazonas, Brazil
5
To be human is to live life, make mistakes, and to gain knowledge and understanding through those mistakes. To be human we must grow.
Jeremy Koch
- Jeremy Koch, Tampa, Florida
5
I think being a human means to not litter on the earth.
Cordelia Zeckowski
- Cordelia Zeckowski, Annapolis md
5
Only humans have snooty grammarians for our languages! (As far as we can tell.)
Jon von Gunten
- Jon von Gunten, Tujunga, CA
5