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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 believe that there is a Creator of the Universe Whom bring out something from nothing.
Azrin Afandi
- Azrin Afandi, Singapore
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To be human means to see problems in different perspectives and to think and communicate in complicated ways.
Ariel
- Ariel, Phoenix, AZ
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To explore that not explored, understand that not understood, dream that not dreamed, and live more than can be lived.
Brian M
- Brian M, Pickering, Ontario
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To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
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Being human means changing what you do according to the environment that you live in.
Becca
- Becca, Sigourney
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To be human is to be comfortable in ones own skin. To seek perfection in someone or in yourself,is, to me, inhumane.
Tanya Kaseke
- Tanya Kaseke, Johannesburg, South Afric
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TO BE MAD T H I C C
Bob
- Bob, Colorado
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Laughter, Smiles, Thoughtfulness towards others and thoughtfulness about life, Sharing, Exploring, Learning, and Asking Questions
KDdidit
- KDdidit, Great Falls
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To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
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To Have A Body, Soul and Spirit
Rachael
- Rachael, Australia
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To have the intellectual capacity to save the world or destroy the world, yet still be unable to make a clear choice between the two.
Michael Dalpee
- Michael Dalpee, Highland, MD
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Whatever you want it to mean. It's your freedom.
Cody
- Cody, US
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To experience life in joy by loving others, being patient, kind, gentle, doing good deeds, keeping peace, and controlling one self.
Ellie
- Ellie, PA
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The ability to stick one's head up his own ass seems pretty unique to the human species.
Beakerblog
- Beakerblog, Texas
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To learn about the world around us and be the caretaker of the Earth.
Alexandra Clement
- Alexandra Clement, Toronto, On
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To accept our imperfections and understand that we are here for no reason other than to feed off the earth like all other creatures.
Amy
- Amy, Phoenix, Arizona
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Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
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To me, being human means interacting with those around us in order to form meaningful relationships, and striving to be happy.
Kaitlin Bielec
- Kaitlin Bielec, Maryland
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The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
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No other animal would play Frontierville.
Leslie
- Leslie, Florida
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Be human is to know our origin and the simple fact of knowing that we are human.
Abner Campanha
- Abner Campanha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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It means to live your life the way you want to, so long as you don't violate the life, liberty, or property of someone else.
Joko
- Joko, San Diego
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It means that you can wonder about what it means to be human
Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson
- Jennifer Ben Baruch-Pearson, Israel
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Think beyond survival.
Andrew Rava
- Andrew Rava, Your mothers bed
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Humans are the only creatures that know they will die. Humans are the only creatures that believe they can live forever.
Big Beard
- Big Beard, Ky
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To think logically.
Mason
- Mason, California
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Being human, is being able to love and hate,to have complicated thoughts and Ideas, but most of all, being able to love.
Bradley
- Bradley, Texas
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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
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To communicate with others and to express our ideas in order to engage in collective learning.
Ben Passey
- Ben Passey, Sydney, Aus
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To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
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To be human is to not be entirely influenced by instinctual emotions, but also by the light of reason.
John
- John, GA
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to be human is to care for other humans and life forms human=caring
Tristan
- Tristan, eugene oregon
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To be human means to cooperate especially in a time of need, to have a growing intelligence, and change the world with new innovations.
AWRDSC
- AWRDSC, PLAINVILLE, CT
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it means to have certain values and be original
mishonda polk
- mishonda polk, 4912 monarch
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A human is anyone who is a member of the Homo genus regardless of any other factors.
Mark
- Mark, Raleigh
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to be human means to stick together keep are earth clean come as one and be gods children no matter what you belive in
lynn
- lynn, atlanta,georgia
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To be different from one another, and to care for animals and humans.
Justin, Micheal
- Justin, Micheal, Astoria Or
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being human is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
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Being human means that you have the capability to think clearly and make conscious decisions for yourself, other than just surviving.
Danyel Tharakan
- Danyel Tharakan, Washington, D.C.
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To be human is to be unique from every other species: created to love, created to create, created to serve.
Austin
- Austin, USA
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