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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 a human
existentialism is mainly seen as a bad thing but should be seen well, if you think that nothing matters why don’t you be yourself.
Ezekiel Morks
- Ezekiel Morks, Blackburn Highschool
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To have grit and be able to fall then try, try, try again until you succeed.
Abbey
- Abbey , NJ
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To be human is to display self control, personality, originality, and intelligence. Humans are the craft of the world TO craft the world.
Theresa Adame
- Theresa Adame, Richfield, UT
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To live, to die, and be forgotten. Welcome to being meaningless. The universe doesn't owe you meaning, you just exist.
JJ
- JJ, OKC
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Being human means everything transcends so every part of you may shine but from race to race you still have to workout to keep moving.
M
- M, Arizona
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is being able to realize that we are no more important than any other life form on earth. we all struggle to survive.
david
- david, florida
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To be human means to have a soul. Humans are distinctly different from animals this way. Humans are created after the image of God.
Chantel
- Chantel, South Carolina
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To be human is to be curious. To wonder, to explore, to invent, to create art, to love, & to learn about ourselves & the universe we live in
Bret Raoulsen
- Bret Raoulsen, Winnebago, Il
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Humanness is a trait that comes with a great deal of imputed responsibility. To be human is to be created in the image of the Creator.
Apologetics
- Apologetics , Greenville
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Being human means to have an empathetic, emotional, intelligent process for interpreting and responding to the world around us.
Andrew
- Andrew, South Carolina
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Humans are the only known species to manufacture perfection and believe such concepts are attainable.
Allar Johnson
- Allar Johnson, Fort Collins, Colorado
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A life form that is gifted the knowledge to evolve, grow, and adapt that can show love to anger and has a gift to understand each other.
Kyle Kim
- Kyle Kim, Denver, Colorado
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It means creating toilets and sanitation.
Fredward
- Fredward, Montgomery, AL
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being human to means being at the top of the food chain and being the most intelligent living thing on earth
antonio
- antonio , roosevelt high school
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Human use language to express and share complex ideas/willing to teach each other/face painting/jewelry/ rituals/bury dead.
Songyi
- Songyi, CA
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Being connected to people and taking care of them is what makes us human.
Ghithi
- Ghithi, Oman
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To be human is to be able to connect with others, to be individuals who make their own life. Most importantly, being unique.
joanna lopez
- joanna lopez, dallas
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DNA.. Nothing more
Christopher Sanders
- Christopher Sanders, Dallas
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to be unique individuals
Candice B
- Candice B, bloomington,mn
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This is a handprint of the nomads from B.C.E. times
To be human you must believe in may things.
JR
- JR, Virginia
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To be human is to be aware of our Creator, we are all made in the image of God! And made for a purpose.
Elizabeth Coakley
- Elizabeth Coakley, Sterling, CO
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to have characters of us homo sapiens
Clarisse
- Clarisse, madagascar
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To be able to rationalize.
Zyra Tolledo
- Zyra Tolledo, Chicago
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Humans have better communication with each other and technology than animals, and we understand the concept of death, and have many emotions
Arne Basden
- Arne Basden, Bahamas
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To be the most dominant and successful species on the planet, while still being forced to face the consequences of being so powerful.
Isabella
- Isabella, Denver, Colorado
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Recognition of being human from one other human who is recognized by another human as a human.
Human
- Human, Earth
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To be human gives us the opportunity to practise humanity. And the freedom to stuff it up.
Pixelwarrior
- Pixelwarrior, Tasmania, Australia
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To be human is about wondering what makes me human, Haha!
Noam
- Noam, Paris, France
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Language as a frame work for our thoughts, dexterity for making tools and bipedalism.
Paul Hsieh
- Paul Hsieh, California
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To be human is to collectively pay homage to the past and create a dynamic future, while being uniquely aware of both.
Dan Chadwick
- Dan Chadwick, Falls Church, VA
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In order to be a human one must feel a variety of emotions, have flaws, and have a desire to grow.
Allison
- Allison, Oregon
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To be human is to have a conscience and thereby experience guilt.
Ted Dunstan
- Ted Dunstan, Port Hope, Ontario
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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
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To be human means you are part of a mishap that eventually formed a self-destructive creature with no regard to anything around it.
Calvin Neer
- Calvin Neer, Ohio, United States of America
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To be raw and imperfert.
Katie
- Katie, England
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We humans have something wonderful, our “intelligence” that demands big responsibilities, respect and appreciation for the cosmos "life".
Rafael
- Rafael, Mexico
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To be a human means to be able to order Pizza.
Ashley
- Ashley , God's Green Earth
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To make mistakes and fix them in a intelligent way. To take care and live on, and while doing it learning for science and future people.
Ethan W-F
- Ethan W-F, South Africa
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Being human means you get to do things that animals can't do, like standing on two legs and using a certain type of language.
Zach Celaya
- Zach Celaya, High Tech High LA
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Being human means to be made in the image of God. God created mankind with traits like Him and distinct from the animals.
Melissa
- Melissa, Greenville, SC
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