Let's start the new year with one of the biggest questions of all: what is life for? Does it hold intrinsic value or not? Are humans more valuable than animals on this planet we call home? How do we measure and safeguard the quality of human and animal life? Where should we rank plant life in the hierarchy? Can we justify notions of higher or lower life forms, and if so what are they and why? Are there any higher values than those of life itself?