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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 means to care about others and to use your tools for success and knowledge to thrive and to be whomever you want.
Ishan Saxena
- Ishan Saxena, Livingston, New Jersey, USA
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It is the Great feeling of the nature which at last know itself.
Mohamed Abdallah
- Mohamed Abdallah, UK
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In China to be human is to get a good ATAR, but in Korea to be human is to win the League of Legends world cup. With love, from paper
paper
- paper, NEW SOUTH WHALES, AUSTRALIA, SYDNEY, CREMONE
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To be human is To speak or not; To ask why and impose the answer; To see what has have done and shed a tear; To do it not or even more.
Pauline Steinmeyer
- Pauline Steinmeyer, Warren, PA USA
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To make the most out if the one life you have. To gain true knowledge and share it with the world for the advancement of civilization.
Will Dickerson
- Will Dickerson, Piedmont, South Carolina
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To be human is to have the ability to be independent and be able to live using any given resource
Kaisley
- Kaisley, California
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I think being human is being able to create wonderful things
Jacob Morris
- Jacob Morris, Brandon,MS
5
To be human is to explore and investigate the means to which we came about our current, modern state of evolution.
Mariana
- Mariana, Chester, Virginia
5
we aren't humans beings trying to be spiritual, we're spiritual beings trying to be human.
Sapeins
- Sapeins, Sapeins
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To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
5
Using commerce is one thing that makes humans unique.
Lizzy
- Lizzy, Florida
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to have compassion for strangers
therese
- therese, washington state
5
What it means to be human is to walk on to feet, to speak, and to interact with other human species.
peyton
- peyton, us
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To walk on 2 legs, to communicate and use language, to have culture, to have more neurons, innovation and imagination
Maya Yanez
- Maya Yanez, Torrance, CA
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To be human is to ask what it means to be human.
Stan Carey
- Stan Carey, Galway, Ireland
5
To be human is the ability to reason and be reasoned with.
Babatunji
- Babatunji, Nigeria
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To be able to consciously think and act the way we do.
Andy
- Andy, Green Bay, WI
5
http://originofwriting.com/PrintQuality/The_Origin_of_Writing.pdf
HUMAN MEANING: conceptual relationships conveyed by substituting elements of a visual assemblage with images of entirely different objects.
John Morton
- John Morton, Canada
5
to be human is being homo sapiens. No animal centrisms, we are animals who got "lucky" in our evolution.
Rui Ramos
- Rui Ramos, Faro, Portugal
5
Being able to keep track of your keys and do other things like that.
Olivia Barr
- Olivia Barr, Washington, DC
5
To have empathy for other creatures.
Jane
- Jane, Silver Spring, MD
5
to live, love and laugh
Martin Clabburn
- Martin Clabburn, UK
5
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
5
To love your mom & your dad & your family member & your brother & your sister.
Jai
- Jai, MD
5
HUMAN = HONORABLE UPON MAN, ANIMALS and NATURE
JAMESDEANYINMYATKO
- JAMESDEANYINMYATKO, MYANMAR
5
To be human is to be able to reason. All animals share empathy; reason ostensibly sets us apart (but not TOO far apart).
Andrea Grenadier
- Andrea Grenadier, Alexandria, VA
5
Being human is but a genetically acquired trait. Do not ask what it means to be human, but what it means to be a person.
Eric Herboso
- Eric Herboso, Mobile, AL
5
To be human is the ability to explore, change, and pass on what we have learned to later generations.
Sada
- Sada, Jacksonville, Fl
5
To understand another's thinking is the basis for our humanity and morality.
Alan Pryor
- Alan Pryor, Novato CA
5
To question & look for answer, love, hate, mourn, laugh, hope, know justice, see that life is a way to find the One who shows what Truth is.
Elizabeth
- Elizabeth, Battle Ground, WA
5
To be human means to love one another for reasons other than just because of instinct. To have of justice, right, wrong, fair as God does.
Lewis Thurston
- Lewis Thurston, Newberg, Oregon
5
To practice religon, worship, and believe
Diani
- Diani, North Carolina
5
to differentiate our passions from premeditated actions + appreciate our past, present + realize that are the past of our children
Oscar R. Rocha
- Oscar R. Rocha, McLean, Virginia
5
Our languages, dialects and writing systems make us human. We are the only species to have made a language and writing system.
Yared Lingo
- Yared Lingo, Washington, DC
5
To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
5
to learn about our world and empathize with other creatures and have some sort of culture that can be handed down through generations
Erica
- Erica, California
5
To get upset about not being born to gods but mere humans.
Daughterly
- Daughterly, Malaysia
5
No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
5
to use money.
Kelly
- Kelly , New York
5
To have the ability and freedom to think, question, feel, love, hate, destroy, create, share, organize and communicate.
PaulaSHx
- PaulaSHx, Lancashire UK
5