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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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Compassion, Discovery, Exploration, Love.
Ted Caudill
- Ted Caudill, Oxford, OH
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Being human means seeking answers. The only known intelligent beings, we are privileged to question existence and derive purpose and meaning
Erik
- Erik, South Carolina
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Possession and utilization of symbolism
Anonymous
- Anonymous, Somewhere
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Being a human means expressing joy and compassion to others.
Filis Fee
- Filis Fee, Houston, TX
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To be human is to be bipedal, communicate, and to be advanced.
Nella Hugbru
- Nella Hugbru, mass
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To be able to walk on two legs, and to talk.
christian
- christian, lewiston maine
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It means you empathize with others you've never met. Love when it doesn't make sense, and to protect the strong as well as the weak.
Tejire A.
- Tejire A., PA
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To have a soul that has been placed in us by the God of Heaven!!! To believe that he sent his son to save all the people of the world.
Scott
- Scott, Meadville,Pa
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hi
- hi, the local supermarket
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Part of what it means to be human is how we became human. Over a long period of time, as early humans adapted to a changing world.
dom lozano
- dom lozano, illionis
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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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To be human means to have the ability to reason and experience emotions.
Gabriel
- Gabriel, Greenville
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The only life force known to stay busy trying to figure itself out.
Robert Ratliff
- Robert Ratliff, Boone, NC
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To be human is to love others and to glorify God in all we do. This is our purpose and the sole uniqueness we have from animals.
Victoria
- Victoria, Ohio
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WE ARE ABLE TO KNOW THAT WE ARE EVOLING LIKE OTHER SPECIES, WE HAVE A PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE AND LIKE OTHERS WE FINALLY EXTINGUISH
NILDA OLIVEROS
- NILDA OLIVEROS, PERU
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Being human is about discovering new things in the world.
Cis Zerna
- Cis Zerna, HTLA
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being human means to have the ability to feel and think deeper than other species
Chloe
- Chloe, NC
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We have telephones.
Jose L. Cuevas
- Jose L. Cuevas, Berwyn
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To be human is to communicate and react, then act and adapt to the situation.
Kangaroo500
- Kangaroo500, Australia
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To understand and practice compassion
Savi Goonasekera Swick
- Savi Goonasekera Swick, Unknown
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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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It means to live in reciprocity with all living beings, having rights & responsibilities, and embracing life as a joyful gift, every moment.
Tammy
- Tammy, New York
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To be human is to be an individual. You dont have to be like others, you just have to be YOU!
Kimo
- Kimo, Aussieland
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To be human means not only to survive, but also to protect other life by our evolved abilities.
Nieland
- Nieland, Netherlands
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Being human is all about expressing feeling and having culture.
Isaac Bates
- Isaac Bates, Tallahassee Fla
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To walk on 2 legs, to communicate and use language, to have culture, to have more neurons, innovation and imagination
Maya Yanez
- Maya Yanez, Torrance, CA
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Humans are different from animals because we can use money to trade, we can use our hands to create many things, and we can use technology.
Breanna
- Breanna, NJ
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Being human is curiosity, knowledge, and understanding, second to appreciation of nature and the universe
Jamie H.
- Jamie H., Michigan
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Being human is to have a soul. Human Beings are the only ones to have souls.
Jessica
- Jessica, Greenville, SC
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Soldier happy after seeing his kid
I think the most important thing that distinguishes humans from other species on Earth is our ability to have emotions and express them.
Asha Pappajohn
- Asha Pappajohn, Washington, DC
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Enthrall with the reality of the dynamics of organic life, the greatest force in the universe......miracle of miracles
Roy D. Schickedanz
- Roy D. Schickedanz, Glenwood-Lynwood Library, Illinois
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Humanness is communicating and giving through emotion.
Jho
- Jho, Seoul
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To be human means to have been bestowed with the responsibility of protecting the earth and all it's inhabitants.
Amber Mueller
- Amber Mueller, University of Maryland
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The purpose of life is to live, but that only addresses the body. We do what we are. Ask what else does what we do. The true lies therein.
John Two of Five
- John Two of Five, Atlanta
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Think beyond survival.
Andrew Rava
- Andrew Rava, Your mothers bed
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we have the ability to create new technologies and innovative tools to make life easier
Jennifer Grimes
- Jennifer Grimes, Miami, FL
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I believe what it means to be a human is to enjoy all of life's experiences as the life you have is not meant to be thrown away.
Joseph
- Joseph, California
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Being human is the ability to make decisions and then look back on those decisions to reflect on the good or bad from those decisions.
Breanna
- Breanna , Arizona
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Being human means you walk on two feet and can use tools. It also means you are alive today and also can comprehend language.
Hank Nelson
- Hank Nelson, Ravenscroft
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we commit genocide on those who are not necessarily in direct competition and are aware of and fear death - hence religion.
Daniel
- Daniel, France
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