Conversations and Musings: A Harvard Summer at Home

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Musings on issues facing the communities we inhabit.

By LUKE MARTINEZ

To clarify, I despise arguments.

If someone tells you that they like arguing, it means that they enjoy the feeling of putting another person down, and they gain a sense of superiority from rhetoric.

The main purpose of a conversation is to understand someone, not to change their mind. Without mutual respect, none of the valuable information that each contributor brings is exchanged. Interrupting someone during a conversation is to say, “I don’t care what you have to say right now, because what I have to say is that much more important.”

I have always been outspoken about the dangers of the polarized media, online political debates, and our two-party political stage that says you must be For-or-Against. All opinions (like gender and sexuality) must be recognized on a spectrum, and conversations are our way of narrowing down where that opinion lies.

Emotion is a tough thing to deal with when trying to craft a coherent response to a tragedy.

At the time of writing, the Orlando shooting, the largest hate crime committed in U.S. history, has just occurred. I, a gay Latino man, feel a complex, staggering blend of emotions. There will be enough think-pieces on the topic for now, but I plan on addressing my thoughts and the subsequent policy changes in a future entry about gun control and the 2nd amendment.

In this blog, I will refrain from rants, politicized comments, and hard answers. Sure, I will offer my suggestions, but I don’t want this to become an outlet for my political ramblings. So, I will, and I ask ask all of you to, recognize the spectra that we all reside on.