Part 2

Section 6

* "God is conceived more directly after a parental image and thus as a source of support and as a guiding and sometimes punishing authority." "Family relationships are characterized by fearful subservience to the demands of the parents and by an early suppression of impulses not acceptable to them." "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." "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" "The individual may have 'secret' thoughts which he will under no circumstances reveal to anyone else if he can help it. To gain access is particularly important, for precisely here may lie the individual's potential for democratic or antidemocratic thought and action in crucial situations." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality) ["Authoritarian submission" is the child submitting himself to his father's authority, as Jesus submitted himself to His Heavenly Father's authority, obeying His Heavenly Father in all things commanded. The child's "'secret' thoughts" are his "secret" desires (for pleasure) and dissatisfactions or hatred (toward authority and restraint) which he dialogues within himself about, keeping his thoughts (opinion) to himself for fear of being reprimanded. A person exposes their "'secret' thoughts" in the act of dialoging their opinion, i.e., how they "feel" in the 'moment,' with others. According to dialectic 'reasoning,' "democratic" in "thought and action" means the person is social, 'liberal,' i.e., liberating and revolutionary, "building relationship with others based upon common self interests," tolerant of deviancy, permissive, informal, affirmative or 'justifying,' unifying, positive, non-judgmental, adaptable to 'change,' flexible, 'compromising,' subject to the "feelings" of others (having a "super-ego"), being "Reasonable" (like two children in the garden in Eden, questioning and challenging the Father's authority). "Antidemocratic" in "thought and action" means the person is individualistic, 'conservative,' i.e., "repressive" and "alienating," "building relationship with others based upon established principles, facts, and truth they hold in common, i.e., upon morality and competence," intolerant of deviancy, strict, formal, contradictory, "divisive," negative, prejudiced, judgmental, unadaptable to 'change,' ridged, uncompromising, subject to "privet convictions," i.e., having a guilty conscience for doing wrong, being "Unreasonable" (like the only begotten Son of God in obedience to His Heavenly Father in all things commanded). Of importance to note, the "Democratic" are deceived, believing (perceiving) that they are unprejudiced, positive, non-judgmental, tolerant, etc., when in fact they are prejudiced, negative, judgmental, intolerant, etc., instead, i.e., "Anti-democratic" toward the "Anti-democratic," only being so, i.e., "Anti-democratic" without having a guilty conscience for doing wrong.]

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2016