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Free speech is the most important issue today, and I don't say that because I loathe Democrats (I don't much care for Republicans, either).
I say it because truth is fluid. It's not relative (put your genitals back in your pants, perverts), but it is fluid. It's partly what identifies the Tao: elusive, but always there: permanent and ephemeral. Free speech is crucial to explore it.
Free speech is also crucial for a ton of other things, including the basic need every human has to communicate with others. If the communication is hindered, a basic human need is hindered.
I believe the move against free speech is the most ghastly unanticipated thing I've seen in my life. We saw abortion coming, at least Paul VI did, but I don't think anyone saw this coming.
I also believe the move against free speech is the ultimate move by the gnostics/left hemisphere/powerful elite to shut the door on the Tao/right hemisphere/non-elite. It's a theme I will continue to explore at TDE throughout 2023 and into 2024.
At some deep level, reality requires both elements of motion and (relative) stasis, the wave and the particle, the continuous and discrete. However, if the continuous and the moving is best appreciated by the right hemisphere, the discrete and static is best represented by the left hemisphere. Iain McGilchrist, The Matter with Things, 978.