Did you know that roasting coffee beans, happens through a breakdown?
Coffee beans get 1) Put in a machine; 2) Absorb heat; 3) Hit a "crack" - a breaking point of heat; and 4) They become a light roast. If they're left in the machine, they continue to absorb heat, hit another "crack", and become a medium roast. And if left in the machine even longer, they hit another "crack", and become a dark roast.
Lighter roasts bring out the nuances and delicate flavors; bright/fruity/earthy notes will be tasted. It's a kind of giddy and fairydust roast (like a kid after their first trophy). Darker roasts have "fuller" tastes. This may be your "old man and the sea" type roast. Roasting at different temperatures highlights different things.
As with coffee beans, so too with humans. [That's an old proverb, right?]
We all have breaking points, and they highlight and deepen our experiences in different ways. And no matter what "stage" we are (or someone else is) at, we must acknowledge the beauty found in each part of this growing/roasting process.
There is no hierarchy of knowledge, only different expressions of it.
We're all being tested at different temperatures. We're all learning to exist and encourage one another into a beautiful reflection of the light we possess, no matter what "roast" we are, or how many cracks/years/breakdowns we've had to endure. We all have something to give. We all have a part to play; and each part is important.
So let's share a cup of coffee together. I imagine we'll have some bright notes and full-bodied experiences to share.
I think, no matter what, we've all got something to give/share/say, and it is a beautiful thing when we do so.
[P.S. Did anyone bring donuts?]