Just Because You Can't See the Cage Doesn't Mean It's Not There
He should've known it wouldn't matter. He had deliberately done his worst, and the acceptance message was delivered all the same. His path was predetermined: by genetics, by ability, by Hojo. His entry into the SOLDIER program emphasized that he had no control over anything.
For all the accolades, all of the meaningless medals and promotions, he was never happy where he was. What he wanted most – to be left alone – was an impossibility out of his reach. He spent the rest of his life trapped, looking for a way out of the cage that had been crafted for him.