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*Freedom* and *Universality* are linked

I think freedom and universality must have some deep connection.

If you have the freedom to do something, that means -- wrt that context -- you can do whatever you like. You're unconstrained; that aspect cannot (or at least should not) be a bottleneck.

That gives you some unboundedness wrt method, or content, or whatever the freedom relates to. Freedom of speech removes a bound on speech. Freedom of thought removes a bound on thought.

Freedom enables universality; and without certain freedoms, you cannot have certain universalities.

I thought that freedom and thinking were like orthogonal; both necessary for philosophy and good life, but neither sufficient. Now I suspect there's more there than I realized.

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