The Hierarchy of Breakfast Needs, or: Fun with Food Pyramids
Level 5. Self-Actualization
"Even if all these needs are satisfied, we may still often (if not always) expect that a new discontent and restlessness will soon develop, unless the individual is doing what he is fitted for. A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately happy. What a man can be, he must be. This need we may call self-actualization." -- Abraham Maslow
At this level of the breakfast pyramid, you have transcended all other levels and you are, comfortably and without apology, what you eat. Walt Whitman liked oysters and meat for breakfast, Leslie Knope unabashedly considers breakfast as a way of life and Hunter S. Thompson preferred to eat breakfast alone, "stone naked."
For you, then, maybe it's the dog happily asleep at your feet, a hard copy of the paper, the Thursday crossword puzzle, poached eggs on fine toast, fresh berries and granola, a few strips of Canele's house-cured bacon, mugs and mugs of coffee and absolutely no concern over where your smartphone might be. Self-actualization, attained.
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