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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 want what you can't have. Dissatisfaction is the definition of all human cultures.
Kerridwyn Schanck
- Kerridwyn Schanck, Oregon
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Being human in mortality means to be able to become like our Father in Heaven.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Texas
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we commit genocide on those who are not necessarily in direct competition and are aware of and fear death - hence religion.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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It means that you are the most superior species among all life forms
Nkosinathi
- Nkosinathi, Orange farm
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Being human is your ability to socialize with others and learn information from others to use to your benefit.
Vincent
- Vincent, Portland, Oregon
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Choice. Choice in responding to things and how we respond to things
Kevin
- Kevin, USA
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Having a sense of culture.
Lauren
- Lauren, Livermore, Ca
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We are a part of a larger living organism. The Universe. We have a small part to play. Maybe the pollanation of other planets.
Michael O'Neill
- Michael O'Neill, Ireland
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Being human means to socialize, create change, & use tools. Through communication, human beings changed the world and continue to do this.
SMSLGL
- SMSLGL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Being human means to have the ability of walking on two legs and to think creatively for all situations that appear.
noah
- noah, Springfield Renaissance school
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to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
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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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fun
po
- po, melrose
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To be able to change the roll of toilet paper correctly, paper in the pull down position.
Alice Tully-Hall
- Alice Tully-Hall, Denver, Colorado
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it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
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We are humans because we alone can Ask this question"How to Save Mother Earth"?
Sandy
- Sandy, California
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to make something that has never been seen.
tucker
- tucker, v.a.
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Having ability to adapt to and with the environment, changing surroundings and tools as needed for survival.
Charlotte
- Charlotte, Planet Earth
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To be human is to walk up right to speak and have a larger brain than early man.
Jacqueline Clark-Harris
- Jacqueline Clark-Harris, Springfiled Renaissance school MA
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Being human means you are at the top of the food chain. you have a bigger brain and a straight body structure.
Denver Jackson
- Denver Jackson, Massachusetts
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To be self-reflective.
Amanda
- Amanda, Virginia
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it means to express your feelings with more than 140 characters
sam
- sam, michigan
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For every human, life is a struggle to get better treatment in this rancorous planet. In the end strongest always prevails over the weakest.
Abdullah Chatha
- Abdullah Chatha, New York, USA
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To be able to use technology and access websites like this one. To share interests and experiences with others.
Omar Ahmed
- Omar Ahmed, Simi Valley, California
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To be intelligent and curious enough to look for answers...and arrogant enough to think we know what the questions are.
Rodney Whitley
- Rodney Whitley, Opelika, Al.
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To be human means to create advancements. Humans help make this world a more technological place for it's inhabitants.
Adriana
- Adriana, Washington, DC
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To be human is to be either the apex of the cosmos or the apex of God's creation.
Ryan
- Ryan, Pennsylvania
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To be human is to live with the delusion that we can answer this question. What we should be asking is "what have we made of ourselves?"
Kevin
- Kevin, Aalborg, DK
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Being Human is having a will of your own and being independent.Its not a matter of how we look but how we conduct ourselves.
Miera Jefferson
- Miera Jefferson, Laurel, MD
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to be human is to have a brain that composes poetry
barry
- barry, dc
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To be human is to know right and wrong, to bend the environment to our needs for tools, and to feel emotions.
Autumn
- Autumn, Belleville East High School
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to be made in the image of God the being who spoke stars into existence
kelsey
- kelsey, virginia
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Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
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To grow constantly with age, either mentally or physically, and also both, but to also share in physical features.
Meaghan
- Meaghan, Amherst, VA
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We ask the question, why?
E
- E, San pedro
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Being human means innovating technology to bicycle, skate, ski, fly, walk on water, dive, and leave the planet.
Coz
- Coz, Richmone
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There are many ways to be human. Their stone tools help us build cities, and communities.
Isaiah
- Isaiah, Arizona
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Being human is knowing you have the ability to do anything you want, but use reason to restrain ourselves.
Michael
- Michael , Boston
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To be human is to be able to use your five sences, to use more advanced technology/tools, and to be smart to your abilities
aylin
- aylin, massachussetts (USA)
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It means to be part of a family, found on Planet Earth, we have relatives too but they live very far away, living in their own home too.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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