I can’t seem to manage the enthusiasm to talk about the selection now, so maybe commenters can handle this one. (Pretty please!) But at least 命 is more interesting than the kanji of the year for 2005: 愛.
source: ２００６年「今年の漢字」応募集計結果発表, December 13, 2006
other reading: Taiwan’s Chinese character of the year, Pinyin News, January 22, 2006