Long ago, they had identified him as a “flipper”. This was the casual terminology they used to describe a person with the potential of becoming a fulcrum on which history’s seesaw might one day sit.
Because he never defined himself for them, nor in truth was able to (his intellect wouldn’t allow, for one thing), they decided and proceeded to persecute him instead, in one way or other all his life.
And then one day, well into the fifties of his unexplained existence, he found the sanctuary he long had deserved.
And so the why was thus revealed.
And so he could begin to finally construct.