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Immanuel Kant Quote

I am presented with a quote from Immanuel Kant the quote is as follows:
"But let us suppose that there were something whose existence has in itself and absolute worth, something which as an end in itself could be a ground of determinate laws... Now i say that man, and in general every rational being, exits as an end in himself and not merely as a means to be arbitrarily used by this or that will".
i need to know what is kant main idea, and why does he present this main idea?

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First he talks about God when he states that "something whose existence has in itself an absolute worth," because nothing else has an absolute worth. Further, when he states that "as an end in itself could be ground of ...