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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 human is to be able to speak walk on two feet and do anything a regular animal can't do and be able to be and think freely.
Aedan
- Aedan, Rennaisance middle school
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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 means to be a monster - I think, the only monster nature has ever created.
Kelly Chase Offield
- Kelly Chase Offield, Oahu, Hawaii
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Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
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Spirituality separates us from other animals.Maybe the first concept of the bible,of knowing right from wrong.
Michael Shannon
- Michael Shannon, Chesterfield ,S.C
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We are bipedal. We make tools and we use fire. Also we stay in an organized group and we also feel emotion.
Shea
- Shea, Lexington ma
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to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
5
To communicate with others, feel emotions, work together with our differences, explore, be innovative, & change the world.
Sarah
- Sarah, Portland, OR
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We can grow and change. We can create and invent. Humans are also the only species that are dangerous to their own existence.
Gwendolyn
- Gwendolyn , Brookline, MA
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consciousness and the ability to question "creativity" and the unusual desire to control nature, instead of live with it.
anthony Krajci
- anthony Krajci, horsham Pa
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To be able to contemplate the reality of our existance and express a vision for our future.
Robert Byrch
- Robert Byrch, Tampa
5
To have such a diverse population. Humans don't all speak the same language, don't always see eye to eye. We're destructive sometimes.
Alydia
- Alydia, Iqualuit, Nunavut
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Growth and learning through exploration
Katrin
- Katrin, Saskatoon
0
Versatility and creativity.
Victoria Ayers
- Victoria Ayers, Willaimsport PA
4
To have inlaws.
Jim
- Jim, New Jersey
1
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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Superiority to other life forms makes us human.We embark in a quest for uniqueness.
Daniel
- Daniel, Douglas, AZ
3
Despite our bright minds, we have evolved to feel true affection, respect and attachment to one another.
Melody P.
- Melody P., High Tech High LA
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To be a human, means to have your own ideas, have your own unique adventure called life, and you live it how you choose.
Jovany Lizardi
- Jovany Lizardi , Reading, PA
5
A actual living,breathing fuctional creature that was created to experince the life that was given to us here on earth.
Linda
- Linda, florida
4
To engage and disengage from our reality and the reality of others is to be human.
Rajeev
- Rajeev, Greensboro, NC
5
To be human itself is a proud and there is a only one creature that can challenge the nature and can stand against the nature
Anil lama
- Anil lama , nepal
5
To be human is to define that which is indefinable, and to make imagination into reality.
Claire
- Claire, North Carolina
5
To remember the past, have cultures, and ability to talk.
Angel Ponce
- Angel Ponce, HTLA
5
to be able to comprehend and manipulate the environment you stand in at any cost to survive on the planet.
christina
- christina, washington, DC
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
5
The ability to accessorize.
Jeff
- Jeff, Virginia
5
To be human is to have morals, beliefs and understand others cultures.
Danielle
- Danielle, Deerfield, WI
5
being human means to have emotions, the ability to have a thought process and hold conversations w/others. we're a very unique mammal.
Kristan Ward
- Kristan Ward, Terre Haute, Indiana
5
To be able to understand Quantum Physics.....
Richard Gilbert
- Richard Gilbert, Weeki Wachee, FL, USA
5
Being human means having to think things out and feeling other emotions, whether good or bad.
Kelli
- Kelli, US
5
To be one of the few animals to engage in intercourse for pleasure.
Len
- Len, London
5
To be human is to wonder about the meaning of it all.
Adrian Spidle
- Adrian Spidle, Unknown
5
Being a human means that you can use all of yourself to protect what is yours: the environment.
Najya A. Williams
- Najya A. Williams, Washington, D.C.
5
To have the ability to think and to communicate with others
Lourdes Arriete
- Lourdes Arriete , Miami
5
To know that we will die
Diego
- Diego, Tresigallo, Italy
5
Ego. It means that I can explore spirituality and contemplate the meaning of life. I can text this response from my smart phone!
Miranda Evans
- Miranda Evans, LaGrange, Georgia
5
Picture of a 3 year-old creating a work of art
To have the capacity to exercise creativity, enable imagination, and produce something novel that has value
Joe madeira
- Joe madeira, Sheboygan, WI
5
We plant things.
Leslie Angela Rondon
- Leslie Angela Rondon, Falls Church, VA
5