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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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Michael
- Michael, Washington DC
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To make mistakes being able to learn from them.To be unique in our own ways with our own values and talents that make us special.
Ogechi Tracey Nombuso Okwunwa
- Ogechi Tracey Nombuso Okwunwa, Observatory
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To seek answers without asking the right questions..
Ilkhan Ozsevim
- Ilkhan Ozsevim, London, England
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Humans question things that animals don't such as Where do I come from, What happens after my life ends, and Why am I here.
Valerie
- Valerie, Boston, Massachusetts, USA
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To have a sense of being alive and to breathe. To be human means to have emotions like kindness, compassion, anger, and sadness.
Alex S
- Alex S, Florida
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To try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
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To wonder
Jlb
- Jlb, Nj
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Few souls have the gift to be human-to be able to feel others pain and help them.
Jake Young
- Jake Young, VA
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The only life force known to stay busy trying to figure itself out.
Robert Ratliff
- Robert Ratliff, Boone, NC
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To constantly strive to be the best, yet have the ability to love and understand each other.
Lauren
- Lauren, Oregon
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To know of our own mortality.
Olav Anderson
- Olav Anderson, Los Gatos, California
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To explore the unkown.
Christopher C
- Christopher C, new jersey
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Homo sapiens sapiens, "wise human", reflects the capacity each human being has to develop and evolve into a higher level of beingness.
Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR
- Kilolo K. Ajanaku, DSPR, Lanham, MD
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Being human means being aware that you belong to the only species that has lost it's freedom
Michael Apps
- Michael Apps, Ramsgate U.K
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Being human isn't just living. It's the thought of being alive and leaving your mark.
Mykka
- Mykka, Oregon
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To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
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To be annoyed with chores.
Didi
- Didi, Washington, DC
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To have culture, religion, and tradition. To be the unique great ape the god created to be above all other creatures; a human being.
Nehemiah Rodriguez
- Nehemiah Rodriguez, CA
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Conscience and the gift of emphathy. Mercy!
Robert Schreib
- Robert Schreib, Toms River, NJ
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Being human is one of the most beautiful and fascinating phenomena. Each timely adaptation led us to being the most advanced species known.
Ariana
- Ariana, Bethesda, MD
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to show that brains can conquer brawn.
Brad
- Brad, Illinois
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To have an elevated status of other creatures in nature, and to participate in our complex social behavior
Ray Pihst
- Ray Pihst, Manila Phillipines
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Being human is making a lot of mistakes but learning from them and building off of them and developing as much as possible.
Erin A.
- Erin A., Roosevelt High School, Portland, OR
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is being able to walk and talk and carry on life as i know it.
alton wade
- alton wade, North Carolina
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It means we are able to create things for other generations to see!
Nicholas
- Nicholas, Kansas
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To be human is to have the ability to imagine, and to be aware of your own mortality
Jamie Lant
- Jamie Lant, Klamath Falls, Oregon
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BEING A HOOMAN MEENS TO BE ABEL TO WALK ON TOO LEGS AND PICK THINGS UP WITH ORE HANDS. MERICA! THATS WHY.
Barry
- Barry, Johnson
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Walking upright, making & using tools, the use of fire, language & symbolic thinking, art & use of jewellery, barter & trade
Andy Bryson
- Andy Bryson, South Africa
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Have opposable thumbs
Yo Mama
- Yo Mama, Yo Mama
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why does scientist say that we are " In the perfect location of life" what happen if aren't to only in the universe.
syfy
- syfy, albuquerque
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To Think Critically and Reason
Taylor
- Taylor, South Carolina
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Being human means taking care of our home, planet earth, the ultimate gift from whomever you define as your creator.
Lee T.
- Lee T., Baltimore, MD
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You do not have to be perfect
Hannah
- Hannah, Canada
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To be human means to be forever changing and creating. It means to adapt and evolve as the strongest species on the planet.
JoAnn
- JoAnn, Germany
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To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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To be made for communion, to have self- and social awareness to give, to have a moral sense, and to be able imagine the transcendent.
Joshua B
- Joshua B, Maryland
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What does it mean to be human? To be aware of feelings(s).
Lindsey
- Lindsey, Wisconsin
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Who lives with innovative things, helping to others, good relations with love & affection and maintain ethics is the meaning of human.
G v ramulu, c/o Sandeep Guttikonda
- G v ramulu, c/o Sandeep Guttikonda, 8601, AL DE BURGH, HENRICO, RICHMON, VIRGINIA
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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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To be human it means to live life and make the best out of it aprestiate your ancesters
John flax
- John flax, Las angles
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