Making the Child the Focus of Attention:
Hegel's Agenda of 'Liberating' the Child and Society from the father's/Father's Authority.

Dean Gotcher

Hegel wrote: "The child, contrary to appearance, is the absolute, the rationality of the relationship; he is what is enduring and everlasting, the totality which produces itself once again as such [once the child is 'liberated' from the father's authority, i.e. 'liberated' to be himself again, i.e. carnal, i.e. approaching pleasure and avoiding pain, i.e. only of "human nature" again, as he was before the father began 1) preaching and teaching commands and rules to be obeyed and facts and truth to be accepted as is (by faith), 3) chastening the child for disobedience, i.e. for doing wrong, i.e. for choosing the pleasure of the 'moment' over (and therefore against) doing right, i.e. doing the father's will, and 4) casting the child out (cutting him out of the will) for disrespecting, i.e. questioning or challenging his authority—with 2) being the father blessing (rewarding) the child for obedience, i.e. for doing the 'job' right according to the father's directions, i.e. according to the father's will]." (George Hegel, System of Ethical Life)

It is the father's/Father's authority that creates the guilty conscience in the child for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning. It is the guilty conscience that the facilitator of 'change' seeks to negate, i.e., the preaching and teaching of the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth in his presence that condemns him his doing wrong, disobeying, sinning. By removing the father's/Father's authority in the environment (called environment or climate control) by "encouraging" everyone (under the pressure of group disapproval for being "negative") to be "positive," i.e., tolerant of those doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, and not "negative," making them "feel guilty" for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning, he is able to establish policy which is sympathetic to his carnal nature (and the canal nature of all who are doing wrong, disobeying, sinning), so he and they can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity (at least in their minds). You might respond to them because of their unconscionable behavior that they will not sleep peacefully at night, with their conscience bothering them, but the truth is they will sleep peacefully at night, having no guilty conscience that will bother them. Kurt Lewin defined the formation of the guilty conscience (what he called "the negative valence") and how to negate it through the dialoging of opinions to a consensus process, where you have to set aside the father's/Father's authority in order to participate—there is no father's/Father's authority in your opinion (which 'liberates' you from the father's/Father's authority), in dialogue (which requires everyone to set aside, i.e., suspend, as on a cross, the father's/Father's authority, in order to 'discover' what they have in common), and in consensus (where, with a "feeling" of "oneness," your and their carnal nature become as one, i.e., is affirmed as the basis for 'reality' over and against the father's/Father's authority), thus establishing the dictates of the French Revolution as the pathway to "freedom" (from the father's/Father's authority), i.e., "Liberté, Equalité, Fraternité." Kurt Lewin wrote: "The negative valence of a forbidden object which in itself attracts the child thus usually derives from an induced field of force of an adult." "If this field of force loses its psychological existence for the child (e.g., if the adult goes away or loses his authority) the negative valence also disappears." (Kurt Lewin, A Dynamic Theory of Personality: Selected Papers)

The interest of philosophers, psychotherapists, sociologists, anthropologists, etc., is to understand the formation of the father's/Father's authority in the individual and in society in order to negate it. "Authoritarian submission was conceived of as a very general attitude that would be evoked in relation to a variety of authority figures—parents, older people, leaders, supernatural power, and so forth." "God is conceived more directly after a parental image and thus as a source of support and as a guiding and sometimes punishing authority." "Submission to authority, desire for a strong leader, subservience of the individual to the state [parental authority, local control, Nationalism], and so forth, have so frequently and, as it seems to us, correctly, been set forth as important aspects of the Nazi creed that a search for correlates of prejudice had naturally to take these attitudes into account." "The power-relationship between the parents, the domination of the subject's family by the father or by the mother, and their relative dominance in specific areas of life also seemed of importance for our problem." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality) The error in this 'reasoning' is that in actuality, the father's/Father's authority inhibits or blocks socialism, whether in its National (Fascist) or Global (Common-ist) form, since both require the negation of the father's/Father's authority to order to initiate and sustain their control over "the people." The only concern for the Globalist is the "Naturalist" will prevent them from gaining control. Our constitution with its bill of rights, while removing the father's/Father's authority (the King) in the Federal, State, County, Township, City, etc., government, left it in tact in the home. Education via "Bloom's Taxonomies" and the "group grade" classroom have worked to negate the father's/Father's authority in the home, in order to initiate and sustain a globalist agenda. "There are many stories of the conflict and tension that these new practices are producing between parents and children." (David Krathwohl, Benjamin S. Bloom, Taxonomy of Educational Objectives Book 2: Affective Domain)

According to dialectic 'reasoning,' i.e., Kant's, Hegel's, Marx's, Freud's, etc., 'reasoning,' by negating the father's authority and the guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning in the child the Father's authority and the guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, and sinning is negated in man as well. Therefore, that which the child created by his obedience to the father's authority, i.e., the father's authority can be undone for the "goodness" of man and society (through the dialoguing of their opinions to a consensus, with the help of the facilitator of 'change,' i.e., the "group psychotherapist"). As Karl Marx explained it: "The life which he [the child/man] has given to the object [to the parent/ King and/or God—when the child/man humbles, denies, dies to, disciplines, controls his "self," obeying his parent's, the King's, or God's commands and rules as given, accepting their or his/His facts and truth as given, by faith ] sets itself against him as an alien and hostile force." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3) Only by 'liberating' the child from the father's/Father's authority can the child and all of society become "normal" again, thinking and acting according to its carnal nature, freed from a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning. "Parental discipline, religious denunciation of bodily pleasure, . . . have all left man [the child] overly docile, but secretly in his unconscious unconvinced, and therefore neurotic." "Neurotic symptoms, with their fixations on perversions and obscenities, demonstrate the refusal of the unconscious essence of our being to acquiesce in the dualism of flesh and spirit, higher and lower ["History, almost universally, has dichotomized this higher & lower, but it is now clear that they are on the same continuum, in a hierarchical-integration of prepotency & postpotency [sub-consciousness, self-consciousness, self-esteem, self-actualization, progressively 'liberating' "self" and society from the father's/Father's authority]." (Abraham Maslow, The Journals of Abraham Maslow)]." "The repression of normal adult sexuality is required only by cultures which are based on patriarchal domination. The foundation on which the man [the child] of the future will be built is already there, in the repressed unconscious [in the carnal nature of the child]; the foundation has to be recovered." (Norman O. Brown, Life Against Death: The Psychoanalytical Meaning of History)

While establishing the child's carnal nature as the basis of 'reality' might 'liberate' you from the father's/Father's authority, there is a price to pay. Hegel wrote: "On account of the absolute and natural oneness of the husband, the wife, and the child [their common nature of "lusting" after the pleasures of the 'moment,' which the world stimulates, including (and especially) their desire for approval from others (affirmation)], where there is no antithesis [no either-or way of thinking and acting] of person to person or of subject to object [no father's/Father's authority establishing a "top-down," "right from wrong," "Mine, not yours" way of thinking and acting], the surplus is not the property of one of them, since their indifference is not a formal or a legal one." ibid. In other words your children, your property, your business, etc., including you, is/are not yours, but the collective's—belonging to the universal, i.e., to the facilitator of 'change,' i.e., the "group psychotherapist," using them (and you) as "natural resource," i.e., "human resource" for his or her own pleasure and gain, doing so without having a guilty conscience for doing wrong, disobeying, sinning so he or she (and you, your children, spouse, boss, leaders, minister, etc.) can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity.

"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment." Ecclesiastes 11:9

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2015, 2017