I roughly classify people into Cat or Dog people. This is not necessarily about the animals they like but about their approach to friendship groups.
Dogs – They have a pack. They want to stay with their pack. These people stay in their home towns and have the same friends forever.
Cats – They roam where they wish, keeping whichever company they choose. They don’t have the same friends over time, they switch friendship groups easily.
I am some what between the two. I don’t need friends around me at all points but I do want to have the same friends over time. I have dubbed my close friends my Clan, rather than my pack. People I will help be they be far distant or not seen for a few years. I’m guessing people were more dog-like in the past but have been becoming more cat-like as people become more mobile and independent.
I’m not sure where I am going with this. But it is important for view of Clan and community.