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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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A special creation of God with the life God gives and associated responsibilities
Wale
- Wale, Texas
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To have the ability to communicate long distances, using wireless communication with others of our kind.
Aren
- Aren, California
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Being human means having feelings like: happiness, anger, stress, anxiety, depression, sadness ,nervousness , and being scared
Kristin Daniels
- Kristin Daniels, WSANEC Leadership Secondary School
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It means that you can talk walk and everything else. It also mean that you can take on the responsibility of walking on this earth.
liyah
- liyah, Evanston,Il
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To be human is to have a sense of morality. An inherent sense of right and wrong, and to know that you are created for a purpose.
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Greenville, SC
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The ability to feel empathy and help the less fortunate to live a life of dignity and respect.
Chak
- Chak, Prakash
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It is the ability to question things and to think for ourselves, but the meaning changes from person to person.
unknown
- unknown , Australia
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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 live in a finite world and contemplate infinity.
Mark T
- Mark T, Worcester, MA
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Just being yourself being human is what you think and that's what matters.
Emma
- Emma, Ohio
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Being human is about life. It also mean to play video games and play outside. Being human can be having fun with friends.
Chewbacca
- Chewbacca, tatoonie
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Being a human means to always wondering ''why''.
Emilie
- Emilie, Canada
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To develop, maintain and grow relationships which sustain our body mind and spirit.
terri
- terri, glen allen, va
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We are aware of our own thinking.
Sarah
- Sarah, Virginia
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I Believe that Being able to adapt to all different environment is essential to Being human
David
- David, Portland, Or
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Living on the knife edge between the ancient biological forces that shaped us and the modern social & cultural forces that oppose them.
Scott
- Scott, Summerville, SC
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To be created in the image of God and to be able to talk with him. This distinguishes us from animals who not exhibit these characteristics
Rebecca
- Rebecca, Here
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I believe that human beings are motivated because they can do anything.
something
- something, Chennai Indea
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To use language.
Maya
- Maya, Virginia
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To be aware to be a form of life that has the possibility and responsability to play a fondamental role in life evolution and wellbeing
Massimo
- Massimo, Italy
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Considered The Hologram of Love
I am. I am aware. I choose. [Repeat.] :-)
TJ
- TJ , Washington
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Being human means that once an obstacle is encountered, one perseveres to overcome it- no matter how challenging it is or how long it takes.
Bianca
- Bianca, Pennsylvania
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To be a mammal but also a civilized person
cant say
- cant say, cant say
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To be a member of Homo sapiens period
George Wolff
- George Wolff, Fort Myers, Florida
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the painterly sunset in purple and pink
to aspire, to mourn, to yearn, to share, to sacrifice, to despair, to imagine, to plan, to worship, to conquer, to regret, to choose, to see
Heidi
- Heidi, Ossining, NY
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To be human means to have freedom of expression and be who they are without someone forcing them.
#whatdoesitmeantobehuman
- #whatdoesitmeantobehuman, Chennai, India
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To be human means You love another human because what You feel.
sims
- sims, brock middle school
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To be human is not body but instead the soul, enduring spirit, and capacity to change which distinguish humanity from the rest.
Abby Pitts
- Abby Pitts, Louisville, Kentucky
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Being human means being aware that you belong to the only species that has lost it's freedom
Michael Apps
- Michael Apps, Ramsgate U.K
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What makes us human is our desire to improve ourselves. Such as people might try to become a nicer person.
Clarissa
- Clarissa, Potland, OR
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To be human means to laugh, have fun, have the ability to learn and communicate, to understand and help others and to be an individual.
Mimi
- Mimi, NewYork
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To be human is something that sets us apart from everything else. It is the ability to choose and think for yourself.
Ben
- Ben, Connecticut
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the ability to change our surroundings to suite ourselves, therefore making us extremely adaptable and expanding our niche
Nina
- Nina, Texas
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To learn from our mistakes and then to improve to show that our species are a special one
Shehar
- Shehar, Canada,calgary
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We are more than just a physical body and matter. We are able to think deeply, make decisions, and distinguish between right and wrong.
Michaela
- Michaela, Florida
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To laugh and to regret
Daniel Bliton
- Daniel Bliton, DC
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To understand why out of all of the other species of the world, we were the ones that thrived and became the dominant creatures
Jacob
- Jacob, Ambler, Pennsylvania
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Being human is when we are treating other humans the same way we want to be treated.
Arianna
- Arianna, Illinois
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To be human it means you have the ability to walk upright and to manipulate the environment around us.
Derek
- Derek , Woodburn
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to be shattered and to try to fix the unfix-able. we are all shattered and trying to fix ourselves but we are broken so it doesn't work
Talia
- Talia, Australia
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