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    Sorry, I made a mistake and changed my question:


    But to follow this will it is necessary to know it, and above all to distinguish it from the particular will, beginning with one's self: this distinction is always very difficult to make, and only the most sublime virtue can afford sufficient illumination for it

    Would you please help me to understand what the following means?


    beginning with one's self: this distinction is always very difficult to make, and only the most sublime virtue can afford sufficient illumination for it




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    I don't understand what you are asking. I know this is only a language problem so could you try to re-phrase your question?


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    And, in continue, is the following a question?


    As, in order to will, it is necessary to be free, a difficulty no less great than the former arises ?
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    I've moved this to the General Discussion forum, because the question is about language interpretation more than about politics.

    But to follow this will it is necessary to know it, and above all to distinguish it from the particular will, beginning with one's self
    The author is referring to the will of the people. In order to follow the will of the people, one must be able to distinguish it from one's own will. In other words,we will tend to think that what we want is the same thing that everybody else wants.

    this distinction is always very difficult to make, and only the most sublime virtue can afford sufficient illumination for it
    It is always difficult to tell the difference between what you want, and what the general public wants. Only virtue can allow you to see the difference.

    And, in continue, is the following a question?


    As, in order to will, it is necessary to be free, a difficulty no less great than the former arises ?
    No, it is not a question. I think the question mark was supposed to be a dash (-).
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    Well done and thank you so much.

    Would you possibly tell me what the following means?

    As, in order to will, it is necessary to be free, a difficulty no less great than the former arises ? that of preserving at once the public liberty and the authority of government.
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    It means that in order to practice our free will, we need to have freedom, specifically freedom from interference by the government. Because of this, a difficulty arises which is equally as great as the one previously discussed. That is the difficulty of preserving the public freedom and, at the same time, preserving the authority of government.
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    Would you please tell me that the word AS is belonged to which sentence/word?
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    The word "as" is one of those words that has many definitions, depending on the context. In this case, the following definition applies:
    7 : for the reason that : because, since <stayed home as she had no car>
    In the above quote, it goes with " it is necessary to be free." It can be paraphrased as: "Because it is necessary to be free in order to will, a great difficulty arises."
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