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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 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 be human is to stumble and fall, but always try to get back up again.
Will
- Will, Missouri
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Humans are defined by their inquisitiveness to determine their origin.
Hope C. Ostrander
- Hope C. Ostrander, Cortland University, NY
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We are the only animals with a conscience, so we must insure that we treat our fellow human beings and other animals kindly.
George
- George, London,England,UK
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having the capacity to plan for the future, wonder, express ourselves creatively and the feel compassion for others
Olivia K
- Olivia K, Melbourne, Australia
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A superior organic life form that has the ability to build and adapt to any environment and makes mistakes and is not perfect.
Darshan Govender
- Darshan Govender, Johannesburg
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To yearn for understanding and knowledge.
Jamie
- Jamie, Texas
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Being human is about being smart, caring, communicative, and a part of something more important than yourself.
Jonathan Graef
- Jonathan Graef, San Antonio TX
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In my opinion, to be human is simply to be a humanoid form with a developed level of sapience. Nothing changes that.
Bailey
- Bailey, Angleton
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To be human means that you are surrounded by a society, and to think of the future and past and work on improvement.
Riley
- Riley, Oregon
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Human means to advance and expand. Always exploring and looking for a purpose.
Emanuel
- Emanuel , Tulsa
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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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The change of our bodies throughout the years,using tools and weapons,and our brain size increasing when we eat meat make us human.
Megan
- Megan, Arizona
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To be a human is to love others as you love yourself.
Eileen
- Eileen , California
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To feel emotion not just live based on primal instincts & a wide range of emotions Humans analyze, discover, pursue dreams & make mistakes.
Rachel K
- Rachel K, Roosevelt High School, Portland Oregon
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The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
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Being human means being able to ask the most simple, yet at the same time, the most complex question: "Why?"
Joe Kozlowski
- Joe Kozlowski, Tucson, AZ
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To be made in the image of God and loved unconditionally
Eric
- Eric, Metz, France
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That we are capable of making a mistake!
Salty dog
- Salty dog, Oak Island, NC
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It means to be different.
Billy
- Billy, Illinois
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To create your own world utterly different from anybody else's, and yet try to understand theirs.
Katharine
- Katharine, State College, PA
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To be human is to be documented.
Marina Mitchell
- Marina Mitchell, Roosevelt High School Portland Oregon
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To be human is to love the world and everything in it and to walk in peace.
Carol Meindl
- Carol Meindl, Montreal
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I think being human means not only having our instincts, but being aware of them as well.
Maddy Paulson
- Maddy Paulson, Hagerstown
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Being human is making dank memes for a living and enjoying it
Pepe le frog
- Pepe le frog , The moon
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To be human is to wonder, think, understand, and create.
Mico
- Mico, Gaithersburg, MD
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To be human is to realize that the world, the universe is much much bigger than whats around you. To use imagination and to think.
Gavin Alward
- Gavin Alward, Port Angeles, Washington
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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 have consciousness.
Maralee
- Maralee, Silver Spring, MD
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To have creativity, free will, and a rational intelligence in the image of God our Creator.
Grace
- Grace, Virginia
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To sing, dance, and compose.
Zoe Dickerson
- Zoe Dickerson, Washington, DC
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To love ; - )
joe Shmoe
- joe Shmoe, Emmaus, Pa
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Being human is the moment the earliest hominid became conscious of our ownselves as a living being.
Roberto Oliver
- Roberto Oliver, Canada
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Humans foresee the future, plan for and adjust for unforeseen events, understand fear and can teach ourselves to get over problems.
John Herrick
- John Herrick, Tampa, Florida, USA
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To be human to be be artistic in everything we do. Humans have art all around them everyday and live life in the influence of art.
Alyssa Jones
- Alyssa Jones, Washington, D.C.
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To be human means to love and communicate with those around you in a way that animals can't. It means to be able to build relationships.
Dana
- Dana, Virginia
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Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
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Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
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To be Human is to endure, adapt, and survive
Uriel Todd
- Uriel Todd, Denton, Texas
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Human has ability to make verbal conversation and interact each other. We have moral to decisions
Justin
- Justin, Seattle
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