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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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To be imperfect, but growing constantly, to love and hate, sing and cry, and still yet to respect difference.
Susan Carter
- Susan Carter, Portsmouth, VA
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That we have the ability to fulfill our mental, emotional and spiritual possibilities
Peter
- Peter, North Carolina
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To have imagination, a sense of humour and be able to lie. But most importantly, to take care of eachother.
Lena Holst
- Lena Holst, Göteborg, Sweden
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Humans are bipedal creatures that have big brains, exhibit higher thinking, use tools, and express themselves through art, language, music.
Cayla Hailwood
- Cayla Hailwood, CA
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The part of a system regular to all bio in the globe
Parbat
- Parbat, Nepal
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For every human, life is a struggle to get better treatment in this rancorous planet. In the end strongest always prevails over the weakest.
Abdullah Chatha
- Abdullah Chatha, New York, USA
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human beings are one of viruses favourite ways to make more viruses
chistletoe
- chistletoe, usa
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to feel the grief of the human heart longing for the perfection of all creation.
Jamie Fletcher
- Jamie Fletcher, Palmyra VA
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to be human means to make good or bad decisions on your own based on you perspective of the situation.
rhiannon
- rhiannon , pheonix arizona
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live a life not worring about the past, but about the present, and don't give up on the dreams of the future
Hermione Granger
- Hermione Granger, El dorado middle school
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Human means to be a marvelous and incredible creation by God. Humans have an eternal soul. Read the Bible, God will reveal truth to you.
Nancy Brunnemer
- Nancy Brunnemer, Colorado
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To be human means to be created in the image of God, not evolving from a Chimpanzee. I learned through this, how ridiculous evolution is.
Lindsey H.
- Lindsey H. , Springfield, MO
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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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Being human means to have complex thoughts and to be bipedal.
Brianna W.
- Brianna W., Belleville
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It means to play M1N3Cr4fT P0K3M0N g0 FoRtNiTe 1N R0bL0x
shrek
- shrek, shrek's house
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It means buying from Amazon and selling the earth to Jeff Bezos.
Burbank
- Burbank, Shanghai
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Being able to control the physical environment thereby interfering with and changing the course of natural selection ... on purpose.
Deb
- Deb, Arlington, VA
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With great power comes great responsibility
Simon Servetar
- Simon Servetar, Manhattan, New York
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I believe being human is to have an enhanced technological, intellectual and social experience
Parsa
- Parsa, Beaverton
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We are humans because we alone can Ask this question"How to Save Mother Earth"?
Sandy
- Sandy, California
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Be a Homo Sapien.
ISS600
- ISS600, Ireland
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To possess a conscience; a part of us that allows us to discern right from wrong (i.e. feel guilt) and it shapes how we act.
TrinityTitans
- TrinityTitans, Oakville
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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 love, to destroy and to wander
Grace Metcalfe
- Grace Metcalfe, Leeds,West Yorkshire, England
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to me being human means to be smart and new, we define how our planet works today.
alexandria carter
- alexandria carter, portland, oregon/ roosevelt high school
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It means being able to engage in discourse about what we believe, how we think our world should be, we're political reflective folks.
Margaret
- Margaret, Brooklyn, NY
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To be Human, is to be thoughtful, sporadic, helpful, loving, moral, explorative. To grow, for ones self, and all of Humanity.
Cody T
- Cody T, Iowa
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To be able to think individually. So this question will never be truly answered.
Tessa Danielle Smith
- Tessa Danielle Smith, Gainesville Florida, United States Of America
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Humans are the only creature that asks questions such as "what does it mean to be human"
Sine Nomine
- Sine Nomine, Mi
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to be blinded by your own self importance as a species, you risk distruction of the ecosystem, for short term greed based motives
kevin
- kevin, kansas
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To be human is to  be consciously aware of ones natural surroundings by connecting spiritually through our God given souls.
Keysha-Monique
- Keysha-Monique, Earth
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Being human is much more than survive, is the need to understand, learn and create.
Axel Vargas
- Axel Vargas, Mexico
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To be yourself but with a little bit of everyone.
Maddie
- Maddie, Astoria, Oregon
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one of the features by which humans are distinguished from non human primates is bipeadal locomotion and fully erect posture.
shiva gogoi
- shiva gogoi, assam
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It means to understand we are really all the same underneath different tones of skin.
Lin
- Lin, Williamsburg, Va
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ability to: infer, moral decisions distinguish btwn. moral action, choice, spiritual nature, persuasive communication, creative
Sarah
- Sarah, Seattle
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the ability to plan, figure things out and then being able to do them as no other animal can
Tom C
- Tom C, Syracuse, NY
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Human's are flawed yet perfect. We will never be content with what we have, but that's why we have come so far, and why we will go farther.
Eli
- Eli, Denver Colorado
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An animal that adapted and evolved for millions of years.
Nizar Zgheib
- Nizar Zgheib, Lebanon
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Nothing more than what it means for a bird to be a bird
Josehp
- Josehp, Queenstown, Newyork
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