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.
The diversity in the U.S. poses great challenges and opportunities. I would advise Mr. King that the way we meet these challenges will determine whether we remain on the abyss of our history or whether we achieve our promise of becoming a shining beacon to the world.
I've recently realized that Santa Claus actually enacts, in miniature, the various stages of our gradual recognition of and acquiescence to contemporary forms of power and authority. No, seriously, he does. Here's how.