Drinking tea is all about ceremony and ritual. The tea is never an end in itself, but something that facilitates reflection, conversation and hours spent simply sitting around. Without it, however, these simple ceremonies would be drained of their meaning. To share a pot with friends is a form of communion, a way to transcend our divisions and find common cause. Somehow, this little ritual has the power to forge unity from diversity. Somehow, when the last drop has been drunk, people see beyond their problems.