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Like many young men in the South, he became overly subtle and had trouble ruling out the possible.  They are not like an immigrant’s son in Passaic who decides to become a dentist and that is that.  Southerners have trouble ruling out the possible.  What happens to a young man to whom all things seem possible and every course of action open?  Nothing of course.  Except war.  If a man lives in the sphere of the possible and waits for something to happen, what he is waiting for is war–or the end of the world.  That is why Southerners like to fight and make good soldiers.  In war the possible becomes actual through no doing of one’s own.  –Walker Percy, The Last Gentleman