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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 have awareness of what we are capable of. We are able to teach others, creating a world full of constant learning.
Rebecca Hutchison
- Rebecca Hutchison , Torrance
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To be able to share the life, feel love!
Estefania
- Estefania, MEXICO
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To be human is to be happy, have hope, be imperfect and to live a life of understanding.
Cindy Huynh
- Cindy Huynh, Victoria
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It means the ability to imagine, plan and work to make the dream a reality
Joe Maestas
- Joe Maestas, San Jose, CA
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we try to understand the world we live in and question who we are and how we got here.
jane
- jane, new jersey
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To be a concisous animal, understanding its ability to reason and rationalze.
shawn
- shawn, toledo, oh
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To be fulfilled by God with a soul
AM
- AM, Massachusetts
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Being human means taking responsibility for ourselves, our species, our world, and the billions of diverse organisms we share it with.
Lucy K.
- Lucy K., Arizona
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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
Are we human or are we dancers?
the killers
- the killers, music,
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To be human means to have the ability to be creative, to be able to speak, and the ability to control your emotions.
Taylor
- Taylor, The Springfield Renaissance School
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Well it can mean anything you want it to. Human It dozen't mean anything because "meaning" is wholly subjective.
Roger
- Roger, Montana
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Being human is to have emotion, a conscience, advanced societal structure, complex language, and a highly developed brain.
Mary
- Mary, Silver Spring, MD
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Being the only animal we know of that can understand that they are alive and also that we will one day die.
Joel Thompson
- Joel Thompson, Great Falls, MT
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Being a child of God.
Sara
- Sara, Minnesota
1
Being human is to wonder about our origins.
Arnold B. Ajello
- Arnold B. Ajello, Crisfield, MD
5
To be human means to have human-like qualities, such as all the senses, and a brain. Lips, eyes, hair, and a nose are also essential.
Taylor
- Taylor, Washington, DC
5
We're still trying to figure it out
Charlie Abelson
- Charlie Abelson, NYC
1
it means a matter of nature that animals dont have and we do
Tay
- Tay, ohio
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it means that you are smarter than any other animal on Earth.
Kirya
- Kirya, Englewood, Colorado
5
We can put things into perspective and look at a bigger picture.
Kim
- Kim, Nebraska
5
To be able to make your own meaning, present, and future.
Anthony Zarzycki
- Anthony Zarzycki, Pennsylvania
5
The ability to insure the survival of your own species via thought process and emotions and your natural instinct. Having free will.
M T VanHorn
- M T VanHorn, bradenton Fl.
5
We are self perpetuating patterns of matter that have emerged from the chaos of the universe. Tiny whirlpools in a great sea.
Keith Bessette
- Keith Bessette, Belchertown, MA
5
To have the genetic code of a Homo sapiens.
Kieran Kasprzyk
- Kieran Kasprzyk, Chicago
5
Free to determine one's own beliefs
Becky
- Becky, Iowa
5
Having a choice about how we behave, how we experience and shape our environment, and how we treat others, human or otherwise.
Valerie Storer
- Valerie Storer, Lake Worth, FL
5
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
5
Too be human is to see the future, to predict and plan for events.
Becky Crain
- Becky Crain, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
5
Create extraordinary tools.
Bob
- Bob, Arlington
5
Being human means trying to know what being human means.
Hakan
- Hakan, Turkey
5
To be human means to be better at work and have joy and laugh and play together
Ariadna Gomez-lopez
- Ariadna Gomez-lopez, USA
5
To question
E. Behr
- E. Behr, The Netherlands
5
write poetry and stories
maddy s
- maddy s, alexandria, virginia
5
A mammal who has feelings of empathy, love, great social, reasoning & communication skills.
Mary
- Mary, USA
5
To be able to create art; in any form, music, literature, etc.
Kody Kalain
- Kody Kalain, Atlanta
5
Rosa Parks
Being human is appreciating the glorious world around us and evolving in a progressive manner
Elizabeth May
- Elizabeth May , transition
5
To search for the meaning of ourselves. Humans are driven by curiosity and must explore.
Chris Billingsley
- Chris Billingsley, Vacaville, CAXMCK
5
being human is all about control. As humans we created society in an attempt to control each other.
Stephen Matzick
- Stephen Matzick, Miles city, Mt
5
Imagination…We can imagine a better life for ourselves and make it happen.
Sara Bush
- Sara Bush, Murfreesboro, TN
5