In eight words, the German Jewish philosopher summed up the monumental challenge art has faced after the horrors of the Holocaust: How can art retain its redemptive and curative powers after such methodical human extermination?
Could Picasso not again face what humanity had done? Did he recoil at the idea of any aesthetic response to horror and devastation on that scale? Or, in the face of such unimaginable suffering, did he find art unequal to the task?
The goal of inquiry isn't Truth with a capital "T;" it is more inquiry. The goal of liberal learning is more learning. We hold onto our "plasticity" by holding onto our ability to be affected by others -- to learn from experience in context.