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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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It means having feelings and understand other people and other species on Earth.
Linda Johnson
- Linda Johnson, Mesquite Tx
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Being human is a responsibility to show compassion to all your distant relatives, no matter what branch of the tree they sit on.
Skeet Freeman
- Skeet Freeman, Bowling Green, KY
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Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
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To have the ability to recognize our own image and feel judgment towards it.
Dorianne
- Dorianne, NC
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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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To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
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Being human is having the genetic makeup of homo sapiens. Many say it's having human traits like dreams or emotion but this would be wrong.
AnaMarie King
- AnaMarie King, Washington
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To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
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We hold an innate awareness that is wholly separate from instinct. We can consider wants and have desires that are separate from "needs".
Tsilat Musie
- Tsilat Musie, Columbus, Ohio, USA
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Be human is to know our origin and the simple fact of knowing that we are human.
Abner Campanha
- Abner Campanha, Sao Paulo, Brazil
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Being human means asking questions and exploring what it means to be human. This website is a fantastic example of that! Kudos!
Beatrice Afrangui
- Beatrice Afrangui, Potomac, MD
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Being human means being complex. We walk upright, think creatively, & communicate together. This process has been gradual & continues.
SFJMVAKM
- SFJMVAKM, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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That we should be consious of the vulnerability of our homeplanet and the lifeforms that are on it.
rob van der vlugt
- rob van der vlugt, holland
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It means to discover evolve and unfortunately destroy our own space "our world " is it really ours?
Diego prado
- Diego prado, Egg harbor twp nj
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To be a human means to be able to understand. Understand your surroundings and what makes up who you are as a human.
Alisha
- Alisha , Coronado, Ca
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to be made in the image of God
Bob
- Bob, North Grenwich, NY
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it means to be the highest class of animals that God made to help Him manage the world that He created. :)))
Emem Cruz
- Emem Cruz, Philippines
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To be a human is to have a sense of self, to realize who you are on our earth and your duty and connection to other members of our earth
Andrew Lang
- Andrew Lang, Dunedin Florida
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To be curious, and to want to expand your knowledge. It is also to bond with other humans, and to want to take care of the world.
Janelle
- Janelle, Portland, OR
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To share the experience of humanity and everything human. We all walk this earth as part of Gods creation and part of our Father in Heaven
Ed
- Ed, Peoria, IL
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We are people who evolved and work hard for jobs and for young.
Eva
- Eva, Fredericksburg, VA
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To be human, means that we are able to partake on a journey using our minds, across planet Earth.
Anna
- Anna, DE
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To belong to the species Homo sapiens.
Christopher Kessinger
- Christopher Kessinger, The Woodlands,TX
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Our species all have a somewhat selfish goal; to satisfy our wants. Humans, we long for fulfillment something worth living for, purpose.
aswali
- aswali, va
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Existing. Being.
Jayden Reece
- Jayden Reece, AU
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A bipedal primate. The only one.
Richard
- Richard, South Carolina
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Being human is having the insatiable hunger to learn what it means to be human.
Becca Mauch
- Becca Mauch, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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To know that there is a future, actively seek change, have awareness of death and therefore invent gods and demons.
Adalberto Benavides
- Adalberto Benavides, Saltillo, Mexico
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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, California
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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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It mean to be thankful for all the things you get from your parents. You can be able to grab things and hold things.
freddy
- freddy, woodburn
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Our brain & body matures into a mature mind. Instead of "reacting", we can see alternatives and make conscious behavioral choices.
Marti Laney
- Marti Laney, Knoxville, TN
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To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
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being human means to be smart to your abilities, to be able to walk upright, and to have a locking knee joint
michael
- michael, massachussetts
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To be human means to be humane.
Uday Shah
- Uday Shah, Germany
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Having the ability to distinguish right from wrong and the freewill to choose between the two.
Ricardo
- Ricardo, Figueroa
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Walk upright, learn and share information, and shape the world around is
Carson
- Carson, Coronado, CA
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To hurt.
Alex
- Alex, China
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To be HUMAN is to experience LIFE with the awareness of TIME. To fulfil one's potential as a HUMAN is to live with Kindness and Wisdom.
Michou
- Michou, England, UK
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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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