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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, through the use of psychotherapy, 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)

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