He established a system of obsessions that would enhance his life on a narcissistic level but consume all his vitality. A creature who walls himself in to remain self-sufficient, in a permanent state of siege, is condemned to permanent vigilance. Everything is threatening; every spot is vulnerable. One cannot let down one’s guard anywhere, every act of carelessness is punished, and a single leak will sink the ship. If nothing can enter, and all cracks are sealed, nothing can exit either.