You need to cultivate the Martí mind—the Martí mind is simply that as much love as I have for my own group I have for every other group. To take possessive investment in each other’s struggle, where whatever is happening to the gay community is happening to us, whatever is happening to the Asian community, that’s us, instead of commodified possessive in our identities we need to take possessive investment in our other community’s struggles.
To him she seemed so beautiful, so seductive, so different from ordinary people, that he could not understand why no one was as disturbed as he by the clicking of her heels on the paving stones, why no one else’s heart was wild with the breeze stirred by the sighs of her veils, why everyone did not go mad with the movements of her braid, the flight of her hands, the gold of her laughter. He had not missed a single one of her gestures, not one of the indications of her character, but he did not dare approach her for fear of destroying the spell.
—Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
The pen is the tongue of the mind
—Miguel de Cervantes
La vida es sueño, y los sueños sueños son (Life is a dream, and our dreams are part of a dream.)
—Calderón de la Barca