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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.

Responses limited to 140 characters. Name and location are required. Image is optional.

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Biogenesis:a complex being from other humans via reproduction. Their self-awareness, grasp of metaphysical, communication distinguish them.
Elisa
- Elisa, Boston, MA USA
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to ponder that very question.
Josephine
- Josephine, Stockholm, Sweden
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To be human means to cooperate effectively to develop as a society and at the same time hurt the ecosystems around us.
Kier Mitchel Pitogo
- Kier Mitchel Pitogo, Philippines
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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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To be human, is to have the genetic make up of generations now passed, a build up of information through one's ancestors.
Didimus
- Didimus, Germantown, MD
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making mistakes, being curious, and feeling too much
Anoni Mouse
- Anoni Mouse, Earth
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To be human is to simultaneously be possessive of progress and regression; to transcend limits us, and to learn from what we've lost.
Joshua J. Washburn
- Joshua J. Washburn, Raleigh, North Carolina
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To be human means to be able to create/destroy the future of our planet/univere.
Bob
- Bob, CA
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Being human is having the awareness of yourself and to actively try to better yourself and communication using language
Bailey
- Bailey, Astoria
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To start small and weak and grow to amazing lengths, mentally, physically and emotionally.
Judith T
- Judith T, Roosevelt HS
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Being human means that one has emotions towards oneself or another.
Dylan Deshler
- Dylan Deshler, Washington, D.C
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To have the ability to transcend our basic needs and feel for others in selfless manners and act on those motives: love.
Jonathan Hall
- Jonathan Hall, Chicago, Illinois
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To be human is to be alive with free will to reproduce while understanding compassion towards all that life has to offer.
johnny picht
- johnny picht, Rockville
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To believe in forces greater than oneself.
Nicci
- Nicci, Washington, DC
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no more than other living thing if earth as an organism we present ourselves like a virus only ego makes us believe we are something more
Nicole
- Nicole, Strafford, NH
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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 to know your limitations, and to crave for overcoming them.
Sjef Willockx
- Sjef Willockx, Netherlands
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to be human means to be able to create images purely for beauty.
Cecilia
- Cecilia, DC
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It is the uniquely human quality that allows us to ponder the very question "What does it mean to be human?" that makes us human.
Robert P. Hagstrom
- Robert P. Hagstrom, Flagstaff AZ
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To be loved and love with all your heart
Karen
- Karen, philippines
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To possess a conscience; a part of us that allows us to discern right from wrong (i.e. feel guilt) and it shapes how we act.
TrinityTitans
- TrinityTitans, Oakville
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To be free to think, believe, and express ourselves (i.e. the arts). We actively make choices while considering consequences (conscience).
TrinityTitansP4
- TrinityTitansP4, Oakville, ON
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To strive to purse truth, beauty and wisdom in a dignified manner that is demanded by our intelligence and sense of compassion.
Jordan Lanter
- Jordan Lanter, The University of Central Florida
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To be human means we are stumbling through our lives trying to find our purpose.
Jared Alexander
- Jared Alexander, Indiana
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the combination of tools and fire and how our evolution was uniquely shaped by tools and fire
Scott
- Scott, San Diego, California
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Being a human means to be nice, and to respect others.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, colorado
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to be aware that life existed before you and it will go on without you.
Tony
- Tony, Edmond, OK
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We are superficial.
Shay
- Shay, Wheaton, MD
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To be autonomous, to have individual thoughts, values, beliefs and opinions. To learn new things, to be creative and to have a purpose.
Liz
- Liz, Perth, Scotland
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God's Creation
Gayle
- Gayle, Virginia
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Being human is being created and loved by God, and loving others. Acting human is best exemplified by Jesus.
Jarod
- Jarod, Indiana
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The very fact that we consider this question!
Sherylle
- Sherylle, Western Australia
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You don't need to write to be human, many others are human but don't how to read or write
Jasper
- Jasper, California, Los Angeles
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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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I think wat is means to be human is to have a sense of reason and to be able to be kind and care for others
Edith Chukwu
- Edith Chukwu , Sacred heart collage
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to question
Anonymous
- Anonymous, U.A.E
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To be human means to act with emotion and be able to connect through kindness and compassion.
Lilly
- Lilly , Colorado
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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 human means we have a heartbeat. It means we have a deep desire to connect with our surroundings.
Brooke
- Brooke, SC
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