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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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Humans are made up of the material part (body), but also the unique immaterial part (soul), reflecting God's image, like a mirror.
Lydia Adank
- Lydia Adank, South Carolina
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to be in a wondrous awe of all that surrounds us
Sarah
- Sarah, California
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one of the features by which humans are distinguished from non human primates is bipeadal locomotion and fully erect posture.
shiva gogoi
- shiva gogoi, assam
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To be a human means to be able to take in information, and be able to pass it down from generation to generation.
Alexa
- Alexa , Maine
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The ability to discern that we are a part of the whole.
Kenny Larsen
- Kenny Larsen, Dartmouth, NS
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To be loved, to love, experience, make mistakes, and to prevail, despite our shortcomings.
Savannah
- Savannah, Coronado, CA
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A human is truly human when he follows God
yousap
- yousap, yousap
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To be human is to know right and wrong, to bend the environment to our needs for tools, and to feel emotions.
Autumn
- Autumn, Belleville East High School
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To be human is to be conscious, to be aware, and to make use of both. Being human is to be custodian/protector of our surroundings.
Lyn Meinwen
- Lyn Meinwen, Earth
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The capability to foresee consequences yet lacking ability to stop
Lisa MacIntyre
- Lisa MacIntyre, Jacksonville, Florida
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To live as Jesus walked
Reuben Rinaldi
- Reuben Rinaldi, Downing town, Pa
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To be at the top of the food chain.
BOYER
- BOYER, WORLD
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it looks like the humans ate raw meat
billy
- billy, China
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To be a human means to have purpose and meaning.
Willa
- Willa, United States
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Judging by our history so far, and by how well we think of ourselves, rather than "Homo Sapiens" I think we are "Homo Egoisticus."
Christine Demarais
- Christine Demarais, Burlington, Vermont
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To be human is To speak or not; To ask why and impose the answer; To see what has have done and shed a tear; To do it not or even more.
Pauline Steinmeyer
- Pauline Steinmeyer, Warren, PA USA
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I believe being human is to have an enhanced technological, intellectual and social experience
Parsa
- Parsa, Beaverton
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To be human means you can feel different emotions like happiness, sadness, anger, ect.
GRACE
- GRACE, Canada
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To be human is to be self-aware physically and mentally, as well as recognizing that other humans are capable of the same awareness.
Mariko
- Mariko, California
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Being human means to socialize, create change, & use tools. Through communication, human beings changed the world and continue to do this.
SMSLGL
- SMSLGL, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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The simple understanding of life, love, and freedom. Along with the ability to understand and seek out new knowledge.
Hearne, Chris
- Hearne, Chris, Missouri
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Being human means having emotions, learning things, and having different ability's.
Mckinley
- Mckinley , Fort Collins, Colorado
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To be humans means to have feelings and forgive each other. It also means to have hope and faith in life and everything you do.
Katheryne
- Katheryne, Alexandria, VA
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To be human means to create advancements. Humans help make this world a more technological place for it's inhabitants.
Adriana
- Adriana, Washington, DC
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To be able to experience loneliness
A.
- A., New England
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To love,laugh,and feel true emotion.To want and to wonder,explore ourselves,our planet,our universe.
T Major
- T Major, virginia
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Relationships that go beyond the need to survive.
Wayne Groner
- Wayne Groner, Battlefield, Missouri
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humans walk up straight on two legs without fear. you have opposable thumbs that you use to grab and carry things.
Asia Mayo-Greene
- Asia Mayo-Greene, Roosevelt High school
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It's human to be made in the image of God, but is now marred because of the fall. It's human to have a soul and a relationship with God.
Christine
- Christine, South Carolina
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Human desires to leave marks after life, keeps memories of the deceased, and purposely pass it to future generations.
Shih Wang
- Shih Wang, Weston, West Virginia
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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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Darwin - Tree of life
To be human is to seek out the real magic of the world around us.
Jim Mauch
- Jim Mauch, Cudahy, Wisconsin
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Aching for individuality while also needing to be a member of the herd.
Chris
- Chris, Pennsylvania
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Share memes
Jose
- Jose, Houston
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To be human means to love and be compassionate. It means being a team player for survival.
Amanda
- Amanda, Camden, Ohio
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Being human means to be able to interact with one another. Being human means using everything that we have available to us.
Andrew
- Andrew, Denver, CO
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It means that we're made in the image and likeness of God who created us.
Heidi Watson
- Heidi Watson, Washington DC
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Being human means being able to walk on 2 feet and being able to adapt to new changes.
Tristan
- Tristan, Windermere, FL
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To ask questions.
Micaela
- Micaela, UT
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Being human is being a living, loving, and charictaristic character.
Tommy Potter
- Tommy Potter, San Carlos
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