What is the value of a human life? How does one determine the value? Is there a complex mathematical equation that can describe it? What started me thinking about this, is the arrival of the first of two American Ebola patients in the US. Certainly these people deserve good medical treatment. But then, don't all those stricken with Ebola deserve good medical treatment? It seems one component of the equation that determines the value of a life is nationality. An American life apparently is worth more than one from West Africa. Individuals with important roles in our society, such as the president, seem to rank higher. Those who have committed crimes, especially heinous crimes, seem to rank lower. I'm not sure I'm willing to go into the realm of evaluating the value of a life based on societal status or intellectual contribution. So, to equalize those factors, my thoughts go to babies. Those small beings that ensure the survival of our species and contain within them enormous possibilities. What is the value of a baby's life? Is the life of my baby worth as much as that of my neighbor? What about Bill Gates, is the life of his baby worth the same as mine? Should money be brought into the equation? How should I be defining the word ‘value’? As usual, I have more questions than answers.