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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 means to have emotions, to show and contain them. Also, that humans have the ability to remember the smallest things.
Mrs. McPhee Class D
- Mrs. McPhee Class D, Litchfield, NH
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2 b the smartest most sophisticated species yet the dumbest & most savage. Our ego & belief of our superiority will be our downfall
Jen
- Jen, Santa Clarita
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To be human, is to think, explore, learn and develop your culture.
Ashley Johnson
- Ashley Johnson, Washington,DC
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To care for ourselves and others. To have a developed brain and the capacity to think about the future.
Geri Spencer
- Geri Spencer, Virginia
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to dream outside our present abilities, then make them possible for the future generations.
shane
- shane, kentucky
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so we can communicate and learn what tools we can make and to discover what life is like and explore diffrent parts of world
kanani faavae
- kanani faavae , fontana california
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Being is a human means harboring illusive notions and developing convictions based on such feelings.
Dewan
- Dewan, Orlando, FL
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Rituals is something from your culture and you do; for example a dance. Its something you do to celebrate something.
Mikhayla
- Mikhayla, new jersey
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To be human is to having a higher understanding of what is going on in the world around you.
Jessica Cruz
- Jessica Cruz, Chicago, IL
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To be human means to evolve and become a better society. We keep evolving and making changes.
Josh
- Josh, California
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To be human is to have the abilities of compassion, reason, and coexisting with everything in nature.
Sharnae
- Sharnae, Duluth, MN
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Being human means to be a living, breathing person with ideas and emotions that creates and transforms in different ways as time progresses.
Vanessa C.
- Vanessa C., CO
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The human is the thing that God 's creature. To be a human is a member of the society to live in together.
Jenny
- Jenny, Greenville,SC
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A creation of some greater being that created the universe.
Bob
- Bob, Here
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We want to find meaning and purpose.
Alyssa
- Alyssa, Missouri
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To be human is to laugh and smile so hard that your stomach hurts!!!!
Sanze
- Sanze, Ohio
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Being human, is being able to love and hate,to have complicated thoughts and Ideas, but most of all, being able to love.
Bradley
- Bradley, Texas
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To have morals and a conscience.
Mawson
- Mawson, Lichtenstein
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It means a human being, especially a person as distinguished from an animal or (in science fiction) an alien.
Samuel Benjamin Albert
- Samuel Benjamin Albert, Your Mom's House
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To be human means we are born with freedom, equality, and everyone has right to education.
People
- People, India Chennai
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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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 have creativity, free will, and a rational intelligence in the image of God our Creator.
Grace
- Grace, Virginia
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Diversifying natural evolution with environment to pro-create which prolongs chances to stages beyond spirituality and intelligence.
L. Ming Zhi
- L. Ming Zhi, Kuala lumpur
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To be human is to innovate and imagine and to ask this question.
Tricia B
- Tricia B, California, USA
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bob from
- bob from, the local supermarket
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To be an animal that developed art
Andro
- Andro, Nekić
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to be able to love!:)
maddie
- maddie, WI USA
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To coexist and live in harmony with nature. Not to destroy it. To be able to look back and think, "I'm glad to be here."
Kelly
- Kelly, California
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To treat all life on earth with respect so that our children also can enjoy the beauty of this fantastic planet.
Wim Hohage
- Wim Hohage, the Netherlands
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We teach; we can take anothers' perspective; and we not only perceive relationships between things, we invent them.
Davy Neyder
- Davy Neyder, Toronto
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To be a survival machine.
Casey
- Casey, Detroit
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Being human means having complex emotions and thoughts and knowing how to express them.
Dylan
- Dylan, Belleville,Il
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To be able to make your own decisions, having a moral conscious, to live out your God given will.We can breath, eat, talk, and create.
Victoria
- Victoria , Washington
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Being in touch and aware of your inner-animal as much as one can.
ege odil
- ege odil , İzmir, Turkey
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We think in terms of past, present and future, thus of progress and advancement, that things can be controlled and made better.
Don Leverenz
- Don Leverenz, Arlington, VA
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Being human is having empathy.
Cailyn
- Cailyn, Fort Collins, Colorado
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Sharing the concepts of compassion, the beauty in art, and to nurture and love one another without ideology.
Mikey
- Mikey, Missouri
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To not only be able to ask, but to actively seek an answer to this question.
Josh
- Josh, UK
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To have the power of creation or destruction, the ability to choose between the two, and the all too common failure to choose correctly.
Cassandra H
- Cassandra H, Gaithersburg, MD
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