Mel isn't brave, Mel doesn't have any skin in the game. He also has nothing to lose. Although, as he is falling for Grey, he is upping the ante. Soon he will have something to lose.
Mel is not a genius, and he's not enlightened, ... But he is half way to being enlightened. And he has ascended to the rank of teacher, he still has a way to go.
From where the other characters stand, he's totally enlightened. He's totally the best thing to happen to Grey, in like,... Ever.
@Geneseepaws: The fun thing about Mel is his character is compared to the others around him subconsciously haha
But part of his being a bit more 'enlightened' is that he is older than most of them hahaha
Though as for Simon, he is falling into the trap of comparing himself and his own feelings with that of another budding relationship.