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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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a need to justify our existence
Chaya
- Chaya, Australia
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To err is human. Just kidding. A real human is animalistic, and anything better is not human, but a person regardless of species.
Jeremiah
- Jeremiah, Alaska
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Being a human is being able to make connections with others and caring about them.
Mind
- Mind, OR
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To be human is to learn from mistakes.
Andrew Mecum
- Andrew Mecum, San Marino, California
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Being human means that we have transcended our origins to try to become better than where we were when we started. So far, no luck there.
Pat Kelly
- Pat Kelly, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
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To have emotions and a conscience and judgment.
Tori Harris
- Tori Harris, Deltona
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We can walk on two legs and we can use our arms.Humans help grow trees so we can have paper to write on.
Brittney
- Brittney, Pekin,Indiana
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To be Human is to Understand. To understand our world, to understand each other, to be flawed so we know what it's like to be flawed
Ben.T
- Ben.T, Blackburn HS Melbourne, Victoria Australia
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Our remarkable ability to adapt to the new environment.
Dzemila
- Dzemila, Arap-Ward
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I think being human means being an individual and not having someone like you. Unique, is another word I would use to describe being human.
Dalila Solorio
- Dalila Solorio, Lake Elsinore , California
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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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i think only this "sharing of emotion" is the meaning of being a human.
sasan
- sasan, iran
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That we are all connected
Titus
- Titus, Boone, NC
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To express ourselves through our own personalities and lifestyles.To hate, cherish, create, rejoice, forgive, crave, love, to live.
Anna
- Anna, Georgia
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People with disabilities can't always fit into pretty definitions. I think it's the body as it interacts with its internal systems.
YO
- YO, COLORADO
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Awareness.
David
- David, D.C.
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To be able to change the planet/surroundings for the better, or worse.
Lois
- Lois, US
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To question, To wonder, To share, To doubt ourselves, To ask what it means to be human
Carly L
- Carly L, Montana
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To love and be loved in return.
Kyle
- Kyle, China
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I think to be human is to learn from your mistakes. To learn and adapt.
Jacey Swanson
- Jacey Swanson, Ankeny, IA
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Intellectual ability
I think being human means having the ability to be intellectual on a deeper level.
Mimi B.
- Mimi B., Portland OR
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To be human is to be conceited and to experience pain and suffering until the sweet release of death.
Charlie
- Charlie, Sheepleville
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Conscience, connection, continuation.
Kate
- Kate, Seattle, WA
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Self awareness and creativity
Melissa
- Melissa, Pa
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Being human is to problem solve, make tools to enhance eating, hunting, planting, harvesting, art, music, clothing, and spiritual beliefs.
Catherine
- Catherine, Fairfax, Virginia
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To be human is to be valuable. All humans have value, even if no one else can see that value.
Drew
- Drew, Normal, IL
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To beable to know I am alive which is something animals can't do.
Marcus
- Marcus, Auburn, MA
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Being human is to systematically covet everything good and just in our world, but it is also being able to persevere and still find hope.
Nick Simerly
- Nick Simerly, Duck River, Tennessee
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It means that you can love.
Blah Blah
- Blah Blah, Blah Blah
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To embrace and be a part of the constantly changing culture of respect and morality on Earth now.
Kadasix
- Kadasix, Miami
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To hand an orangutan an iPad and marvel at what it mean to be an orang!
Carla Bitter
- Carla Bitter, Seattle WA
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to be human is to have complex thought, question life, participate in society, empathize and to use tools and language.
Brittney
- Brittney , Ottawa
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To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
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To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
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It means we are unique in every way is that we stick to each other.I proud to be a human then a deer getting hunt down/killed
DM
- DM, Ohio
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Being human means nothing within the context of eternity but everything to a human in every breathing moment.
Karen Anderson
- Karen Anderson, Oneonta, NY, US
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To be a human means to know the difference between right and wrong.
Lonnie Fahl
- Lonnie Fahl, Modesto, California
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To be human means to cleverly communicate through emotions & different types of languages. We use our brains to communicate successfully.
JFMG
- JFMG, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be free, and to be speaking
Masoud Borbor
- Masoud Borbor, Iran
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It means to try to understand our own history tied to the history of all other species and the universe where we live.
Ana Maria Charlier Madeira
- Ana Maria Charlier Madeira, São Paulo, Brazil
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