I would comply but I consider him and you both to be autonomous beings capable of independent thought. If you were my kids or students (I’m neither a parent nor a teacher), I’d do the same.
In any case, it’s all validation in the end.
I’m not powerful. I was merely making a joke by pointing out that you provided him what he lacked, thereby nullifying his lack. I found it amusing. No offense intended. Just a wisecrack.