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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 sympathy and respect for all living things, and to help one another. Being human is hard but it sure does pay off.
Gabriel
- Gabriel, California
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To be human means to be made in the image of God
Sarah
- Sarah, Greenville
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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 accept each other regardless of wealth, social, standing, race, culture and flaws, to spread prosperity and peace. ❤️
Afad Zaman
- Afad Zaman, Birmingham UK
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To Think Critically and Reason
Taylor
- Taylor, South Carolina
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The ability to clearly communicate, express, and evaluate our emotional and physical state of being to others a like.
Austin phillips
- Austin phillips, Elk river, Minnesota
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Being human means being created in the image of God. We have an innate sense of morality and the capacity to love, but we've been corrupted.
Bonnie
- Bonnie, FL
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Being human means to be capable of adapting to environment faster then other species, using intellect rather then pure genetics.
Isabel Kireeff
- Isabel Kireeff , São Paulo, Brazil
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A tiny kitten with a frog hat in which the cute kitten's face is the mouth of the frog.
To laugh and enjoy humor.
Michael Valdivielso
- Michael Valdivielso, Alexandria, VA, USA
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To posses a large brain and the ability to communicate through speech and the use of tools
Angelica Li
- Angelica Li, United States
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to be a human and what makes u unique from everything else is that we can do things ourselves.
monica
- monica, roosevelt high school portland OR
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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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I think it means to evolve and create new and wonderful things to aid our generations to come.
Franco Jimenez Martinez
- Franco Jimenez Martinez , South Africa
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To be open minded, tolerant, resilient and happy; To discover, appreciate, learn, love, and enjoy all of life's wonders and pleasures.
Abby
- Abby, New York City
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To use our limited capacity to understand the world, our place in it, what resources we need to survive, and how to secure them.
Pat
- Pat, Boston, MA
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To be a human means to be able to communicate, advance technology and love each others differences.
Sage
- Sage , NC
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To be one whole, not to be nothing more or nothing less.
Mariaisabel lomeli
- Mariaisabel lomeli, Moreno Valley , Ca
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To be human is to be able to feel and think. But most importantly, being human is about passion and compassion to ourselves and to others.
Vee
- Vee, Long Island, NY
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To be human is to have one shot at life and to make the most of it.
Jojo
- Jojo , my house
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Being human is good and bad because being human means having emotions. Emotions can get in the way but can also pave paths to good.
Lina
- Lina, Colorado
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Our true nature is that of being a spiritual being having a physical experience where we learn from the physical reality of the universe
Fred Pirone
- Fred Pirone , Tampa
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to be human is to care for other humans and life forms human=caring
Tristan
- Tristan, eugene oregon
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To be humans means to evolve and have developed capabilities, to communicate with each other, and to treat each other equally with respect.
Song
- Song, Chennai, India
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TO BE MAD T H I C C
Bob
- Bob, Colorado
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To be sentient and to have moral obligations to others as well as to have an unconditional right to be treated with dignity and respect
Nikki
- Nikki, UK
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To be human is to be a thread in the tapestry of consciousness.
Stephen
- Stephen , Ireland
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Being the only species we know who can know that we're spinning along at 1000 miles an hour, and not falling off.
Harry
- Harry, Portland, OR
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To be an incredible step in this universes attempt to understand itself
Joshua Jones
- Joshua Jones, Portland, ME
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To be human means we aren't perfect. From hairy apes to hairless humans, we've made mistakes, failed, & tried again.
MB
- MB, PLAINVILLE, CT
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I believe being human is having the ability to comprehend the abstract concepts of a metaphysical world.
Katie
- Katie, South Carolina
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What does it mean to be human? Having the ability to ask this question is a great part of what makes us human.
Matt
- Matt, Washington, DC
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Curiosity and the ability of being able to discover and making sense out of our world.
Shane Huynh
- Shane Huynh, Santa Barbara
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it means to be able to put a mark on the world as a testament of your own existence...
Sayak Chakraborty
- Sayak Chakraborty, Kolkata, India
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To ask "why" continuously, relentlessly, and constantly search for the answer, sometimes dying for the pursuit.
AM
- AM, Maui Hawaii
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to love and be loved <3
Flower
- Flower , Somewhere in the Universe
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Grasp cause and effect, see things in many perspectives, integrate abstractions & build on them, & choose to think or follow
Taro Smithson
- Taro Smithson, California
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Being human in mortality means to be able to become like our Father in Heaven.
Jennifer
- Jennifer, Texas
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What it means to be a human is to be able to socialize. Humans must be able to communicate, have emotions,and be able to walk on their feet.
Tulasi Landes
- Tulasi Landes, Washington DC
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There is no meaning. Nothing that is supernatural exists.
Gregory Breytenbach
- Gregory Breytenbach, Australia
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That we are cool
Muhammad
- Muhammad, Iraq
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