(Tokyo Ueno Station) first published in the last two decades. How do the realistic characters make choices? Do they put money ahead of other values? Career before family? What gives meaning to their lives? This exercise is really about you becoming compassionate with the characters and knowing what frames your own decisions. Good choices are books that focus on the choices a modern person makes and the drivers of such choices. Books that are plot driven, fantasy, science fiction, apocalyptic, etc. do not work. Examine how the “capitalist system” shapes the lives and values of the principal character. Often this is in the background. Explore both your empathy and insight into the choices made. This is a self-reflection wherein you assess how you make decisions that shape your values and test your own character. How are choices framed? Today, what forms the decision matrix governing choices? How do you develop your own frameworks? It is a self-reflection of self in contrast to the principal character. The paper should be 30% compassion for the character and 70% contemplation of the implications for the student’s next twenty years. This document is one of introspection. Criteria used for assessment are: clear writing, mechanics of writing, empathy and understanding of choices made by others, self-knowledge and awareness of student’s own identity in the 21st century.