Simple answer to ubiquitous problem

I’m not a fan of one-size-fits-all psychology.  People are much more complicated critters than as depicted in the self-help literature.  The stern, almost thug-like, cold, martinet of a father is a source of necessary and even comforting clarity one son; another son experiences this same father as neglectful, frightening, inhibiting, and destructive.   The first son grows up supported, guided, strong, focused; the second grows up timid, constricted, deprived of his natural power which would have to be rediscovered, probably in therapy.    So:  “Spare the rod and spoil the child” or “Let your child find his way”?   Answer:  It depends on the kid and his experience of that father.

Having said all that, occasionally simple answers do fit all.  Here’s one:

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