The "Why?"

Dean Gotcher

After being told by his father that he could not go out (and play with his "friends") the child responded with "Why?" It was his effort (unbeknownst to him) to get his father into dialogue. In dialogue there is no father authority. The father, retaining his authority, responded with "Because I said so."

This is the universal conflict that those of dialectic 'reasoning' seek to resolve, 'liberating' the child, i.e., the child's carnal nature ("human nature") from the father's/Father's authority ("authoritarianism") through dialogue, so children (they) can do what they want, when they wants without restraint, i.e., without being "repressed," i.e., without having to humble, deny, die to, control, discipline their "self" in order to do the father's/Father's will, i.e., having to obey established commands and rules as given and accept the father's/Father's facts and truth as is, by faith. By negating the father's/Father's authority in the child's thoughts and actions, a "new" world order of "Why-ners" is created, with "the people" from then on following after psychologists, psychotherapists, facilitators of 'change,' Transformational Marxists who, as the master facilitator of 'change' did in the garden in Eden (Genesis 3:1-6), "helped" 'liberate' them from the father's/Father's authority so they can do wrong, disobey, sin without having a guilty conscience (a product of the father's/Father's authority), i.e., so they can do wrong, disobey, sin with impunity.

"Freud, Hegel, ... are, like Marx, compelled to postulate external domination and its assertion by force in order to explain repression." "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)

Georg Hegel: "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." (Georg Hegel, System of Ethical Life)

Karl Marx: "Once the earthly family [with the family submitting to the father's authority] is discovered to be the secret of the heavenly [Holy]  family [with the Son and those following Him submitting to His Heavenly Father's authority], the former [the earthly family] must be destroyed [Vernunft, annihilated] in theory and in practice." (Karl Marx, Feuerbach Thesis # 4)

Sigmund Freud: "'It is not really a decisive matter whether one has killed one's father or abstained from the deed,' if the function of the conflict and its consequences are the same [the father no longer exercises his authority over the family]." (Sigmund Freud in Herbert Marcuse, Eros and Civilization)

All this is antithetical to the gospel, i.e., the Son's obedience to the Father, calling us to do the same.

"Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." John 5:19

"For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother." Matthew 12:50

"Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2019