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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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

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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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To be self-reflexive.
Dasa
- Dasa, New Delhi
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Understanding my reason for existance is what makes me human, without that we are just an animal.
Mike Sanders
- Mike Sanders, Brinkley, Ar.
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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 me to be human means you live, love and dream.
Shelby
- Shelby, Chicago
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Mean To Be Human responsible with all living thing
rad maturana palma
- rad maturana palma, peru
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To me truly it is to learn. To gain knowledge by struggle, feeling, making mistakes and discovering or maybe by instruction.
Henry Shand
- Henry Shand, Australia
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Being human is simply being able to see your past, present, and future and aspiring to do it.
Becca
- Becca, Oregon
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To be able to celebrate the joy of everyday events, to comfort one another in distress and to rise above the obstacles before us.
Amanda Anne
- Amanda Anne, Pittsburgh PA
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It means to treat people with respect and have a personalty while living peacefully.
Carrie
- Carrie, Maryland
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To be human is to be part of a society that has expectations and aspirations that you are perpetually trying to satisfy.
Jessica
- Jessica, Astoria, Oregon
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It means to have a higher level of thinking.
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
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To question our existence.
Justin W
- Justin W, California
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Being human means making mistakes and learning from them. It also means that you have feelings and are social.
Johanna Siegel
- Johanna Siegel, Washington, DC
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It means to learn and achieve things that no other species have even came close to.
Maxpayne
- Maxpayne, England
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To attain happiness for our self and others
williamtan
- williamtan, Malaysia
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to have swag
Peter C
- Peter C, Chicago
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Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
ege odil
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
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it means that we are one of the human group and we might evolve. WE are part of the human timeline
Anastasia Helaena
- Anastasia Helaena, Africa
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It means you can have success and bad mistakes
Holden
- Holden, Portland
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Being human means being capable of making a change in the world
Roberto
- Roberto, Woodburn
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The ability to ask questions like, "What does it mean to be human?"
Jim Dew
- Jim Dew, Madison, WI
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Being human means being proud and strong, thankful for living on our planet Earth. That is what it means to be human.
Deegan Winkelman
- Deegan Winkelman, Fraser MI
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ability to think and rethink and extrapolate the result of an action in different situations.
pradyot Kr. Biswas
- pradyot Kr. Biswas, Kolkata,India
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birth to death and everything in between. Love, hate, learn, compassion, grow,
Debbie Winnett
- Debbie Winnett, San Bruno
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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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humans are just a type of animal
jason
- jason, michigan
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Being human means being unique and having infinite possibilities for your life, not just one purpose like many animals around us
Logan
- Logan, Belleville
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to show that brains can conquer brawn.
Brad
- Brad, Illinois
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Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
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Living life to the fullest.
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- @pohsitive on Instagram , USA
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To have compassion, which means to have imagination.
Karen
- Karen, Raleigh, NC
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The constant need to find a power outside of ourselves, a religious belief. This sets humans apart from all other animals
Heather hanly
- Heather hanly, Sydney, Australia
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To be able to reflect on what you know and feel
George McCarthy
- George McCarthy, Austin, Texas
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To be human means to make friends, have a family, to live our lives just like any other living animal on Earth.
Annie
- Annie, Massachusetts
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Bein human means to have a brain, walk upright and be able to fend for yourself alone.
juan carlos
- juan carlos, cali
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To be human is to be alive with free will to reproduce while understanding compassion towards all that life has to offer.
johnny picht
- johnny picht, Rockville
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Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
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To have a spirit soul and body
Bobby
- Bobby, Seattle
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You do not have to be perfect
Hannah
- Hannah, Canada
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