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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 able to have compassion for species other than our own
bernardette
- bernardette, washington dc
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To be human is to dream, imagine, and think reasoningly; and, reflect on and recreate one's self as often as one likes.
Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke
- Maia Jaribu Ajanaku-Locke, Memphis, Tn
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To be human is to be able to not be perfect. To sometimes just give up without fear of death.
Gregor
- Gregor, Portland OR
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We ask the question, why?
E
- E, San pedro
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To be human means to be created in the image of God.
Eric
- Eric, Virginia
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we live we laugh we love. we have problems and find a way to fix them. were not perfect. and i love it
anthony
- anthony, sparta. NJ
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The answer has changed over time. Ages ago it meant to bury our dead, or to use art. Now it means to be able to answer this question.
Jonathan Abbatt
- Jonathan Abbatt, Ceiriog Valley, Wales
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It means cooperation is the key to good life.
OneMale2012
- OneMale2012, youtube channel
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Highest level of consciousness of any organism on Earth & the ability to change our environment to suit our needs and support our misdeeds
Noel Curry
- Noel Curry, Tokyo Japan
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To share a genetic kinship with billions of other souls, while striving to a part of a community larger than yourself.
Dale
- Dale, Murfreesboro, TN
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it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
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To be human means to have freedom of expression and be who they are without someone forcing them.
#whatdoesitmeantobehuman
- #whatdoesitmeantobehuman, Chennai, India
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To be human is to be an out of control primate. Humans are a blight upon on the earth and must be snuffed out. We are not meant to be.
SubjectK
- SubjectK, Reality
We are not as different from animals as many people think. Mice laugh, dogs smile. If we have souls, they do too.
Dolly
- Dolly, Virginia
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To laugh and to regret
Daniel Bliton
- Daniel Bliton, DC
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To not be any other animal or life form and know it.
Hulon
- Hulon, Rialto
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I think what it means to be human is to have fun
Addi
- Addi, TiLteD ToWeRS
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it means that I am created in the image of God, and it is my place to serve and love Him.
Mary Greig
- Mary Greig, painesville, ohio
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Our 3 brains in 1, we have traits from reptiles mammals and primates. Our conscience makes us human and sets us apart from all others.
Cathy Burks Stogner
- Cathy Burks Stogner, Mooresville, NC USA
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Being human means making mistakes...and learning from them.
Brian Estarella
- Brian Estarella, Lancaster california
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
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To watch Dan and Phil
Dil Howlter
- Dil Howlter, Willow Creek
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We are all one family, doesn't matter the species.
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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To be human is know ourselves and what surrounds us
Antonio
- Antonio, Rimini, Italy
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The ability for abstract thinking including empathy and innovative or creative thinking, communication by language and collective learning.
Remy Raquiza
- Remy Raquiza, Lincoln, Ca.
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The meaning of being human is to get mad poonani and further the bloodline.
Amber
- Amber, Mars
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Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
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Knowing right from wrong, and using your souroundings as an advantage to develop in society
Victoria
- Victoria, USA
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What Does It Mean To Be Human
vishal
- vishal, surat
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Being human means that we possess an eternal soul and we are image-bearers of God.
Hannah
- Hannah, Indiana
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It means being able to ask the question "What does it mean to be human?".
Mark
- Mark, Texas
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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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Did you know the 1st word was danger? We communicated back then and do so now in different ways! This is what it means to be human.
OS
- OS, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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Humans are the only creature that asks questions such as "what does it mean to be human"
Sine Nomine
- Sine Nomine, Mi
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Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
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To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
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To seek new knowledge, to explore the world around us and within us, to be a part of a whole, to speak, to feel, to see and to interact.
Ketill Ingólfsson
- Ketill Ingólfsson, Selfoss, Iceland
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God and man communicate through gene. Possibly, this is the best part to be a human.
Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik
- Prof Prabir Kumar Pattnaik, Utkal University,Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India
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A human is a bipedal primate that has the ability to teach, learn and communicate through culture, knowledge and complex languages.
Zeping Wang
- Zeping Wang, Los Angeles
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