He could rationally consider his options, but couldn’t actually make a choice. This makes all kinds of sense to me. I mean, I’m not a scientist, and I have no proof, but I’m pretty sure that most of our decisions are not actually consciously made. We don’t consider, then decide; our decisions are made subconsciously, in the emotional part of our mind we don’t have access to. It spits out the decisions, and then our rational, logical mind spins rational, logical-sounding justifications after the fact.
So, our emotions make our decisions. Our logic makes up a story as to why those decisions are right. That’s what logic is for.
This is basically why I don’t trust in-depth criticism all that much. Such high-falutin’ prose to justify a gut reaction.