“As nature has uncovered from under this hard shell the seed for which she most tenderly cares – the propensity and vocation to free thinking – this gradually works back upon the character of the people, who thereby gradually become capable of managing freedom; finally, it affects the principles of government, which finds it to its advantage to treat men, who are now more than machines, in accordance with their dignity.” ― Immanuel Kant
You cannot properly manage freedom without free thinking. To understand this one properly define both “freedom” and “free thinking”. Freedom does not derive from license; freedom is the state of being which attends living in accordance with truth. Free thinking is not arbitrary; free thinking is the process by which wisdom is articulated in relation to a particular need.
True government, be it divine or secular, cannot flourish without free thinking. Seek truth and you will avoid being enslaved. Seek truth and you will discover your dignity.