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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 form reciprocal relationships with other humans, the earth, nature, and God.
Roman Miller
- Roman Miller, Harrisonburg, Virginia
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To name God.
Elizabeth Marquardt
- Elizabeth Marquardt, Highland Park IL
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to have feeling to be sad,mad,happy, and, wrong
sara
- sara, maryland
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What makes us human is our individuality from everyone else, and out strive to get/be what we want.
jason
- jason, Astoria, Oregon
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To be human means that you have more opportunities and are capable of more than any other living creature.
Haley W.
- Haley W., Portland Oregon
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Besides being a Homo sapiens, I think it means to be resourceful, social, and to have a complex understanding of the world around us.
Nick
- Nick , MD
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To fail and to keep going; to need each other.
Katelan King
- Katelan King, USA
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Live until you die.
M
- M, Malaysia
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Sharing the concepts of compassion, the beauty in art, and to nurture and love one another without ideology.
Mikey
- Mikey, Missouri
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To experience the impossibles.
Marie C
- Marie C, Portland - RHS
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To have the mental intelligence and the physical attributes to have our imagination of our thoughts and wants become reality.
Karen Marple
- Karen Marple, Indiana
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To be human is to become strangely aware of being but one tiny branch of a wonderful tree of life.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, WI
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To love, to share, to hope!
Hari Krishnan
- Hari Krishnan, Trivandrum, Kerala, India
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To be human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, marikochrista28@yahoo.com
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Being unable to answer the question.
Alan J Paterson
- Alan J Paterson, Glasgow (UK)
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It means that you have thumbs you can move and your smart. But you are still animals.
Marky Eads
- Marky Eads, Arroyo Grande
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To care deeply about the well being others and be willing to do what ever is necessary to protect and nurture those we care about.
Tom Hunnicutt
- Tom Hunnicutt, Mt. Shasta, California
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We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
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To be able to ask ourselves that question.
Katherine Laine
- Katherine Laine, Victoria, British Columbia
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To not understand what it means to be human.
Alex
- Alex , Hamilton, Missouri
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The things that make us human are the mental things like how we think and the feelings that we have.
Matthew McAllister
- Matthew McAllister, School Without Walls
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i think to be a human means to be unique and different and to have your own personality, just to be u and not care wat anybody says
Antonaya
- Antonaya, Renaissance
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It is the ability to dream and unlock the secrets of the universe. The ability to refine our morality and make the world a better place.
Michael Martinez
- Michael Martinez, South Dakota
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It means to understand the purpose of life
m.shahbaz
- m.shahbaz, lahore pakistan
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to have language, culture, to be mammal, to be social, and to kill for other reason than for food
Miguel Rivera
- Miguel Rivera, rivera.miguelantonio787@gmail.com
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TO understand we are not alone. To share this planet.
Sabaa
- Sabaa, Tanzania
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Being human means learning new things in life, understanding your feelings, other people feelings, and what you want to do in life.
Kevin Y
- Kevin Y, Roosevelt HS Portland Oregon
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Humans have enough cognitive power to realize there are things we can not see or hear or smell, yet we feel they exist and wonder?
Jimarcher
- Jimarcher, Richardson, texas
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Humans have innovation and the ability to improve. They don't stop at adaptation, they continue until what they have is the best for them.
Adam Sharger
- Adam Sharger, High Tech Los Angeles
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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Humans are able to think about thinking.
Charles Connolly
- Charles Connolly, Martinsburg, WVmMzrX
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Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
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It means that " we (The owner of the hand mark & his society) are living here".
SAJI.P.M
- SAJI.P.M, INDIA
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To be human is to be an artist, poet, philosopher
Diana
- Diana, NY
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Someone with feelings and emotions.
Kat
- Kat, L.A
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Well, until my cat gets a job or my dog is able to brew beer-I'll assume that I'm the human in this group.
Stacey
- Stacey, Augusta, NJ USA
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To be human is to be aware of our individuality and mortality and to desperately seek meaning in our brief existence.
Daniel Cox
- Daniel Cox, Sacramento, CA
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Being human is having beyond just a basic, instinctual awareness.
Danielle
- Danielle, New Jersey
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To be human is to embrace your complexity, your mysteriousness, and to fulfill everything you wish on your own. It is to love and be loved.
Marlee
- Marlee, Coronado
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To be loved and love with all your heart
Karen
- Karen, philippines
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