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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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Being human means to be have the ability to understand others, to feel their pain and their joy.
Jessie
- Jessie, America
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To be human is to be the pinnacle of God's creation. Humans are made in His image, and are given charge over the whole created order.
Michael
- Michael, Greenville
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Our remarkable ability to adapt to the new environment.
Dzemila
- Dzemila, Arap-Ward
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To be human is all about performances. Because life is never a rehearsal.
Leo Pramasatya
- Leo Pramasatya, Indonesi
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To watch an ad for fake parakeet "pets" and actually spend $14.99 because you thought it was an excellent two-for-one deal
Harrison T.
- Harrison T., State College, PA
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We write poetry, making words fly.
Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
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Humans are the only animal in the world that fear death and can imagine.
Barry Morris
- Barry Morris, Corpus Christi
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The constant pursuit of happiness we are always short of obtaining by a hair.
Yeliz T
- Yeliz T, Pennsylvania, USA
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What it mean to be human? I think to be human is to stand up for what is wrong and do the right thing
Lachlan
- Lachlan, NSW
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To be human is to be completely different than any other person yet want to share a commonality with others; to be a part of a group
Taro
- Taro, United States
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To be spiritually uncorrect!!!
Mikicen61
- Mikicen61, Italy
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I think being a human means changing. If you think about it we all came from a relatively similar past but changed in our own ways.
Gabby Mathews
- Gabby Mathews, springfield, mo
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To love, to learn, to pro-create and enjoy all that we are able to see, hear and/or feel.
E. P. Rochat, Jr
- E. P. Rochat, Jr, Exeter, NH
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Being human means everything transcends so every part of you may shine but from race to race you still have to workout to keep moving.
M
- M, Arizona
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To just be you and enjoy life
matthew
- matthew, Astoria, OR
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To reach out to one another and to take comfort in sharing companionship and love.
Suzie Hale
- Suzie Hale, Utah
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Being a child of God.
Sara
- Sara, Minnesota
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The full awareness of self and others.
Walter D. Shultz
- Walter D. Shultz, 337 Eldorado Circle, Seymour, TN 37865, USA
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Today being human is also destroying everything around us for reasons that seem stupid.
Johnny
- Johnny, Beirut, Lebanon
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We use tools to create other tools
Tim Allen
- Tim Allen, Washington, DC
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Being human means you have a soul.
Ally
- Ally, Indiana
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to be blinded by your own self importance as a species, you risk distruction of the ecosystem, for short term greed based motives
kevin
- kevin, kansas
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Being a human is the key to survival, to speak your own language and to connect with other humans.
Rabia Mohammadi
- Rabia Mohammadi, Philadelphia, PA
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To be human is to only wonder but Advancements, life, love, and joy, and the spirit are what make us so.
ben
- ben, tennesse
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What it means to be human is to walk on to feet, to speak, and to interact with other human species.
peyton
- peyton, us
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a human is somebody that has emotions!
launora
- launora, 301 west 115 street
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To have a cultural identity that allows us to create an indiscriminate harmony that is a spoken and written and musical language
Matt
- Matt, George Mason University
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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 seek, for what you do not already know may be the most important for the future
Anyone you seek
- Anyone you seek, anywhere you seek
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To live, to cry, to die, to eat and to sleep. Caring for one another. Having each others back. To be social.
Andrew Campbell
- Andrew Campbell , Northern Ireland
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I would say love, critical thinking, and greed.
Jack
- Jack, Malsin
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We have a moral compass unlike any other species.....or do we?
Shay Koolio
- Shay Koolio, Georgetown
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Profound awareness of uncertainty, and endless change
Robert Reed
- Robert Reed, Port Angeles, WA
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To be human it means you have the ability to walk upright and to manipulate the environment around us.
Derek
- Derek , Woodburn
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To have been created in God's image. Is Australopithecus created in God's image? Maybe, probably not. Neanderthals? Harder to answer.
Joel Mackler
- Joel Mackler, Pittsburgh
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Being human means to be more advanced then other species.
Ruth Secular
- Ruth Secular, Washington, DC
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To strive to make a better future and accept failure.
Allison
- Allison, McLaren Vale, South Australia
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it means to be cool and smart
dat boi
- dat boi, space
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we are mammals with a higher level of thinking. we also tinker with our surroundings
rykia
- rykia, florida
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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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