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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 think and problem solve in order to survive, to feel affinity to family group and work together to protect one another
Barbara Lynn
- Barbara Lynn, Naples, Florida USA
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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 feel, care about people, be a part of the world. To want love to exist. To try. To want something that’s always cheering for you.
Farista
- Farista, Canada
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Being alive and breathing and imagining new technologies.
Émilie
- Émilie, Richmond, QC
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Being aware of how your actions affect others as well as yourself.
Vinman
- Vinman, Baltimore
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To be a human is to have the qualities of emotion, will, and personality.
Jonathan
- Jonathan, SC
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To be human means to innovate and change the world. Humans are constantly changing and making new tools which rivaled other animals.
JWLB
- JWLB, MIDDLE SCHOOL OF PLAINVILLE, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To be human means to evolve, adapt, survive, overcome, repeat
Darkstar is a Potato
- Darkstar is a Potato , Chennai, India
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To be human is to be made in the image of God. A human is a human from conception.
Hannah
- Hannah, Kentucky
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To be human is to let go of one's own selfish ambition, to give to the greater good with no thought of how it will make yourself better.
Craig Shaw
- Craig Shaw , Birch Run, Michigan
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To be human is to be created after Gods own image.
Gio
- Gio, USA
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To me, being human means gaining intelligence from the mistakes that I make. Everyone makes mistakes, because none of us are perfect.
Emma Varkalis
- Emma Varkalis, Illinois
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to think to love to laugh
MArk
- MArk, UK
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the ability to communicate with language
zoran
- zoran, sydney
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With are brains we con think and make the world better
Dylan & Dennis
- Dylan & Dennis, Bristol, Wisconsin
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the ability to discern right from wrong. The ability to define and understand good. To think past human nature and the desire to control.
Venancio Duque
- Venancio Duque, Scotch Plains NJ
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thinker and not physically strong
Alireza Ebrahimi
- Alireza Ebrahimi, Iran, Bushehr
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To be human is to live out a Christlike life understanding that we will never be like God Himself nor truly understand all that He is.
Kristine
- Kristine, Guam
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To survive and to procreate
London
- London, Canada
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To be a human is to accept vulnerability and love. It is about the willingness to help people and to know that everyone has their flaws.
Reed S
- Reed S, Louisville, KY
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To be human is to live life the way one sees fit, regardless of a lack of inherent structure or purpose.
jane doe
- jane doe, USA
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Screaming into the void
Mossy
- Mossy, Northern Virginia
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Being human means being beautiful art, mind-numbingly beautiful art.
Kai
- Kai, NYC
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Being intelligent enough not to react only on instict.
Nina Trägårdh
- Nina Trägårdh, Tärby Sweden
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We have evolved into the most powerful creatures on earth and now we should be good stewards for all it's diverse inhabitants
Jason Benneth
- Jason Benneth, Spokane Wa
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Humans are a social community that use language and sounds to communicate and are continually changing the world.
JV
- JV, PLAINVILLE, CT
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To try and adapt to certain situations, have the ability to understand, learn many things, and strive to know the ways of life.
Anna E. A.
- Anna E. A., Ann Arbor, MI
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It means to be yourself, and show your true colors.
nayeli chavira
- nayeli chavira, Fort Collins,Co
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i think to be a human means to be unique and different and to have your own personality, just to be u and not care wat anybody says
Antonaya
- Antonaya, Renaissance
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We think more than we react or do; to accomplish tasks, or feel accomplished. Usually while disregarding the Natural law.
JCDG
- JCDG, Undisclosed
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To be human is to be a thread in the tapestry of consciousness.
Stephen
- Stephen , Ireland
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To be human is to eventually screw the world over unless your around the 5% that doesn't end up screwing the earth
Rick from dimension C32
- Rick from dimension C32, dimesion C32
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being human is breathing and life and existing
hayden
- hayden, usa
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Humans are the only extant members of the subtribe hominina.
Trace
- Trace, Dallas
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We are common as lifeforms, rare in our stage of evolution, & special as individuals. Explorers of physics, biology, history, & ourselves.
Bryce
- Bryce, Devils Lake, North Dakota
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To create stories about things you know do not physically exist, and believe in them anyway. To give meaning to the meaningless.
Jenna
- Jenna, Boston, MA, USA
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To be human is to be able to laugh at life's shortcomings and weep at life's failings and still be able to balance on both feet
Ravindi
- Ravindi, Singapore
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To be human is 2 understand and comply to be feared and be loved 2 be knowledgeable and learn more to be human is 2 live and question death
His kidd
- His kidd, Here
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Humans have an advanced ability to be social, so to be human means that you can reason with others, you want to figure things out.
Iris
- Iris, Portland, OR
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To have DNA emotions relationships identity
Dorothy
- Dorothy, Hong Kong
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