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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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To be put on this earth for a distinctive reason that only humans can complete.
Manny
- Manny, Georgia
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To be a human means to live your life like a nature's true human.
simaranjit singh
- simaranjit singh, ludhiana
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Contradiction! To build and to destroy things we love.
Isabela Rocha
- Isabela Rocha, Brazil
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To wonder
Jlb
- Jlb, Nj
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The ability to realize that life is not defined by us alone it is shared, by all living organisms.
Andrew P. Thomas
- Andrew P. Thomas, Antelope Valley College
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To be human is to walk upright have tools look to the future to prepare and to have more complex emotion.
Ian S.
- Ian S., Connecticut
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Is the potential to overcome our primal roots and recognize the concept of history.
Nathan Dawthorne
- Nathan Dawthorne, London Ontario Canada
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Find Yourself, Lose Yourself, Then Find Others...
Benjamin E.
- Benjamin E., Chile
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To be human is to own your humanity. Our ancestors didn't struggle to make sure our species survived just to have us destroy our planet.
Ethel Arauz
- Ethel Arauz, Fayetteville, NC
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To be human is to have brains capable of more than fight or flight.
Maya Kapelus
- Maya Kapelus , Johannesburg, South Africa
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We want to find meaning and purpose.
Alyssa
- Alyssa, Missouri
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Cogito ergo sum.
Johan Mathiesen
- Johan Mathiesen, Oregon
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Being human is to do what a normal human would do. If you were born a human you are the same with different features.
Jason
- Jason, Johannesburg
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Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
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Being Human means thinking, evaluating, planning, supporting, caring, loving, remembering, empathizing, showing courage, and improving.
Peggy V.
- Peggy V., East Dundee, Illinois
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To have every characteristics discerning human from any other species close or far different from humans.
Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo
- Akinrinade Solomon Olubayo, Nigeria
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To have self-contol. To feel guilt, greed, and love more than other animals. We are the same species but are different in our own ways.
Sylvia Gisler
- Sylvia Gisler, Washington, DC
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A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
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It means we are beings God made superior to animals and all living things
Graeme
- Graeme, Sacred Heart College
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We are aware of our own existence.
Frankie
- Frankie, oklahoma
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The privilege of consciousness, at the cost of having a conscience; altruism
Jack P
- Jack P, Rutgers
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to be able to learn and think, be a homo sapiens, and to be created in the image of God
Stella
- Stella, New York
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To be human is to have a complex view of the world with access to technology and social information.
Zach alan
- Zach alan, Portland, Oregon
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It is probably the best thing to be born a human being but much more fortunate to be able to do things that only human can do.
Narsing Rao Gummadam
- Narsing Rao Gummadam, Hyderabad INDIA
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To search for meaning even when it's meaningless.
Al
- Al, Harlem, NYC.
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To be able to reflect on ourselves
Annette Bierschenk
- Annette Bierschenk, Washington DC
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To be human is having the ability to expand our horizons as the universe expands it's.
Dion
- Dion, Oak Island, NC
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Being Humans means that we use can use symbolic language and that we used collective learning to leave our homeland (Africa)
Jacob Montgomery
- Jacob Montgomery, Maine
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May we experience Life in all of it's grandest form and find any Reason for living everyday to the fullest. Search hard for the answer.
Kilroy
- Kilroy, Noclams
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Thinking off the top of your head
To be human means to be instinctive, to not over-think a decision when you get a choice
Josh Goldberg
- Josh Goldberg, New York City
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To be a human is to share a form of language within a community. In this community, one FEELS a sense of belonging.
Madeline Myers
- Madeline Myers, Washington, DC
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It means to commit, to face your challenges and fears
No Name
- No Name, no where
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To be human you have to make mistakes and you have to have a brain.
Jordan Chancelor
- Jordan Chancelor, Minnesota, USA
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To be the best of my ability and to expand my intelligence.
Edward Silva
- Edward Silva, Benton, IL
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To be human means to go beyond our set limits
Adela
- Adela, America
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To know with understanding, and to care with tenderness, while not seeking recongnition.
DeVault
- DeVault, Hemingway, South Carolina
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The ability to contemplate our existence
Richard Byrd
- Richard Byrd, Lakeport, Florida
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It means being part of a truly cultural primal species.
Roberto
- Roberto, São Paulo, Brazil
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Being humans means that we are physically and mentally advanced.
Casey
- Casey, Orlando
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