universal solvent

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u·ni·ver·sal sol·vent

a substance sought by the alchemists, and claimed by some to have been found, supposedly capable of dissolving all substances; sometimes, in a physiologic sense, applied to water.
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That was 1980, and in the next 25 years, the entire moral framework of Western civilization would be dissolved by the universal solvent of personal choice, an authoritative assertion that no-one has the authority to assert reality to anyone else.
Kate and I communicate if we have a problem, it's the universal solvent.
He notes, however, that the world's religions have had a hard time agreeing on much, and offers that in the end, "it is our capacity to reason that is the universal solvent.

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