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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 is born to an organic body, riddled with limitations, and awakens to realize each life will need to learn how to outgrow this bondage
Nadia Deol
- Nadia Deol, Abbotsford, BC, Canada
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Enthrall with the reality of the dynamics of organic life, the greatest force in the universe......miracle of miracles
Roy D. Schickedanz
- Roy D. Schickedanz, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Illinois
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Being human means the ability to be empathetic, yet not understand each other at all.
Katy
- Katy, California
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To be human is to be a creator where we have transcended through history by creating what we need to insure our survival
Amanda
- Amanda, Deerfield Beach, Florida
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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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I believe that human life is like any other species, we are all just enlonged lived bored, tired, and insane. You are a homo sapien.
R.D Emmy
- R.D Emmy, America
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To be aware of the Creator who made us through this marvelous process of evolution
Jerry
- Jerry, Seattle
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I think being human means not only having our instincts, but being aware of them as well.
Maddy Paulson
- Maddy Paulson, Hagerstown
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The ability to appreciate the intricacies and beauty of the world, but also a great responsibility that comes with this knowledge.
Kathy
- Kathy, Canberra
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Put your underwear on one leg at a time.
Lily
- Lily, Chicago, IL
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A bipedal primate with the ability to ask the question "who and what am I".
David L. Jones
- David L. Jones, Ga.
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To know love
Nathan
- Nathan , Washington
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To have emotions, to be able to think (have thoughts), to adapt to changes, and to create/invent/innovate.
John
- John, Rockville, MD, USA
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To be able to use symbolic language. It also means having apposable thumbs and to have the power to migrate.
Nicholas Derosby
- Nicholas Derosby, Waterville, ME
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Humanity means a constant search for improvement. Animals are content as is. We seek to better our flaws.
Shannon Kelley
- Shannon Kelley, Fairmont, West Virginia
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To explore and learn.
Ron
- Ron, Las Vegas, NV
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To constantly strive to be the best, yet have the ability to love and understand each other.
Lauren
- Lauren, Oregon
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To be human is to exist with complexity and heart.
Monica Powell
- Monica Powell, Plano, TX
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Our belief system in all things spiritual, which includes God and creation. This does not mean we can't also believe in evolution.
Janine Baughn
- Janine Baughn, United States
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An animal is human when it realizes it is naked. Other than that there are a lot of grey areas.
stephen collins
- stephen collins, Northern Arizona
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Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
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To be human is to be a thread in the tapestry of consciousness.
Stephen
- Stephen , Ireland
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It means that we have the talent to do many things... such as singing, dancing, performing, sports, and many more!
Angelica Gallegos
- Angelica Gallegos, California
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What I think being a human being is to be yourself because a lot of people try to be different people to fit in with someone
Mosaab
- Mosaab, South Africa
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I would say love, critical thinking, and greed.
Jack
- Jack, Malsin
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The empty meaning of being a human can be as full as you want it to be. Life is your dictionary.
SSN
- SSN , Madrid, Spain
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To be human is to be a reflection of the One who made me - an image bearer of the Creator (God).
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Greenville, SC
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Being human means we have the power to change the earth, and the responsibility to do so without destroying it.
Ambre Ying
- Ambre Ying, California
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human means created to praise god
nabeel
- nabeel, saudi arabia
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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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To be human means that we are far more SUPERIOR then all other animals!!!
JAmEl McKiNnEy
- JAmEl McKiNnEy, Washington, DC
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Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
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Stream of consciousness spawns questions about what we are able to observe. The search for answers to those questions is to be Human.
Joe Quinn
- Joe Quinn, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
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To be born into this beautiful world and learn to live in it
Vanessa
- Vanessa, Lagos,Nigeria
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Being human means you have a soul.
Ally
- Ally, Indiana
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To create and question beyond the means of survival, for joy, sorrow, excitement and/or horror.
Jane
- Jane, Canada
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It means that we're above and more powerful than all of the other animals.
Tyler
- Tyler, Waterville, Me
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What does it mean to be human? Having the ability to ask this question is a great part of what makes us human.
Matt
- Matt, Washington, DC
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To understand that you are not based off any religious dogma. Your genes tell the story.
Connor Clausen
- Connor Clausen, Brier, Washington
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a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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