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"Self" Preservation.

by
Dean Gotcher

Max Horkheimer, a Transformational Marxist of the "Frankfurt School," i.e., the Institute of Social Research (who merged Karl Marx and Sigmund Freud, creating "group psychotherapy"), wrote a book entitled Vernunft and Selbsterhaltung, i.e., Reasoning and Self Preservation. Those of dialectic 'reasoning' perceive any who humble or deny their "self" to the father's/Father's authority as being "unreasonable," i.e., "irrational." (Did your ever tell your parents that they were being "unreasonably" when they did not let you do what you wanted to do in the 'moment,' the "reasoning" being they did not "understand," were not "in touch with" your "feelings," i.e., your carnal desires of the 'moment.) According to dialectic 'reasoning,' in the child's effort to "preserve" (save) his "self," by obeying the father/Father, he turns against his own nature, i.e., "human nature," i.e., his natural inclination to strike out against and remove that which stands in his way of "enjoying" or satisfying the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' he desires, i.e., doing that which is natural, i.e., of nature, i.e., being "human."

By the child yielding his "self" to the father's/Father's authority, i.e., doing the father's/Father's will, i.e., obeying the father's/Father's commands and rules, accepting his/His facts and truth as given (by faith), the child, according to dialectic 'reasoning,' "creates" the father's/Father's authority. "The life which he [the child] has given to the object [to the father] sets itself against him as an alien and hostile force." (Karl Marx, MEGA I/3, pp. 83-84). "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." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality)

With the father being larger and stronger than the child, instead of the child fighting against the father (and possibly dying) he yields his body and "self" (in part) to the father/Father, doing what the father/Father commands, i.e., obeying the father/Father while his heart is not in it, dialoguing within his "self" his desire for the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' and his dissatisfaction with the father's/Father's restraints, unwilling to tell anyone (in fear of the father/Father) in order to not "get into trouble." "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" "thought and action in crucial situations." (Theodor Adorno, The Authoritarian Personality).

In yielding to the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth, according to dialectic 'reasoning,' the child creates a condition called neurosis, a condition where he does that which goes against his carnal nature, i.e., makes his "self" subject to that which is unreasonable, i.e., irrational,' leaving him not only "repressed" and "alienated" but unstable as well. "Parental discipline, religious denunciation of bodily pleasure, . . . have all left man overly docile, but secretly in his unconscious unconvinced, and therefore neurotic."

Philosophy, i.e., dialectic 'reasoning, i.e., "self" 'justification' is engendered in the child as he "reasons" (dialogues), i.e., murmurs within his "self" about how the world "is," still subject to the father's/Father's authority, preventing, i.e., inhibiting or blocking him from doing what he wants to do, when he wants to do it, i.e., being "human," and how it "ought" to be, where he can enjoy the carnal pleasures of the 'moment' he desires, i.e., be human, without restraint. Without the "help" of a facilitator of 'change,' a "psychotherapist," the child will remain in a state of conflict and tension, desiring to do what he wants and even doing it but having a guilty conscience in doing so. It is in the praxis of dialoguing with others (of like desires and dissatisfactions), i.e., 'discovering' "common ground," i.e., finding his "self" within them and coming to a consensus, i.e., receiving and giving affirmation (from and to one another) regarding their common nature, that the child is able to 'liberate' his "self" not only from the father's/Father's authority but from having the guilty conscience for disobeying him/Him as well—so that he can do wrong/disobey/sin, i.e., be "human" with impunity, i.e., negate the father's/Father's authority without having a guilty conscience.

From then on, in the child's thoughts and actions (theory and practice), not only is the father/Father, and any who yield their "self" to him/Him "irrational," he/He, and they are "irrelevant" as well (having no concern of what happens to them, i.e., their demise). "Once the earthly family is discovered to be the secret of the holy family, the former must itself be annihilated [vernichtet] theoretically and practically." (Karl Marx, Theses On Feuerbach #4) This is why education today, using "Bloom's Taxonomies," i.e., Marxist training manuals, is based upon children dialoguing their opinions to a consensus, 'liberating' their "self" from the father's/Father's authority in the process. "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) This is what happened in a garden called Eden. "If the guilt accumulated in the civilized domination of man by man can ever be redeemed by freedom, then the 'original sin' must be committed again: 'We must again eat from the tree of knowledge [disregard the father's/Father's commands, rules, facts, and truth, i.e., disregard the father's/Father's authority] in order to fall back into the state of innocence.'" (Herbart Marcuse, Eros and Civilization: A philosophical inquiry into Freud) It is why the whole world is focusing upon the child. "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 he is 'liberated' from the father's/Father's authority so that he can be his "self," i.e., as he was before the father's/Father's first command, rule, fact, or truth came into his life, i.e., carnal, i.e., of the world only]." (Georg Hegel, System of Ethical Life)

"Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God." Luke 16:5

"For they being ignorant of God's righteousness [doing the Father's will], and going about to establish their own righteousness [thinking and acting according to their own carnal nature, i.e. their "felt" needs, i.e. pleasures, enjoyments, "lusts," desires of the 'moment'], have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God." Romans 10:3

"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables." 2 Timothy 4:3, 4

"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." "I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me." "For I have not spoken of myself; but the Father which sent me, he gave me a commandment, what I should say, and what I should speak. And I know that his commandment is life everlasting: whatsoever I speak therefore, even as the Father said unto me, so I speak." John 5:19, 30; 12:47-50

"And he [Jesus] said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily [endure the rejection of men, i.e., "the group"], and follow me [doing the Father's will]."  Luke 9:23

"For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8, 9

"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

"Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:" 1 Peter 5:6

© Institution for Authority Research, Dean Gotcher 2017