Freedom and virtue are like wings- you need both. If you don’t have freedom, it’s impossible to act virtuously because the heart and motive are a big part of it- otherwise all you have is the virtue of a puppet. If you don’t have virtue, you’ll lose freedom because you’ll end up a slave to things you really don’t like- like fear or greed.
I’ve also written about the relationship between freedom and happiness. You’re free and happy when you have the heart strength to do the things and be with the people and be in the places you truly want. It’s the freedom of a hug