In what manner has Lear caused all the strife that occurs between himself and his daughters in "King Lear"?

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King Lear foolishly gave up his entire kingdom to his daughters. When he calls them in, he thinks he can buy his daughters' love with the material possession of his kingdom. He requires each one to tell them how much they love him. He cannot tell false flattery from the truth. He hears Goneril and Regan's words as real instead of realizing they are only saying what he wants to hear. Goneril's speech oozes with fake praise. She says her love is:
"Dearer than eyesight, space, and liberty;
Beyond what can be valued, rich or rare;
No less than life, with grace, health, beauty, honor;
As much as child e'er loved, or father found(I,i,55-60)
Regan follows by saying,
"I am alone felicitate
In your dear highness' love."I,i,79-80)
However, Cordelia, who is at least honest, simply says,
"I love your majesty
According to my bond; nor more nor less."( I,i,96-97)
Lear, full of pride, condemns and disinherits Cordelia, who will later be the only one who will try to save him. Lear then unleashes Goneril and Regan to take full advantage of him while he sends his most honest child to France. If he had kept his throne in the first place and/or not demanded such a fawning reply from his daughters, his life would have continued unchanged.He could have lived a comfortable life until death. Instead, he chose to be falsely praised and puts trust in two false daughters.