Birds of a feather flock together – is a well worn saying. Shared interests, heritages, physical features predilections are often responsible for the clustering of various sorts of groups or teams. Allocation of time and space for personal conscious awareness is also important.
Lifelong learning often requires engagement within networks, even though the internet can tell us more than anyone needs to know. Effective social and communicative skills are honed though contact with others.
Freedom to follow through on personal thoughts and feelings is regarded with suspicion in many communities, however. Approval of the collective is regarded as more valuable than dealing with the consequences of striking out on a limb.
Clocks keep on ticking, as individuals yearn for fulfilment. Who knows how much time anyone has?
It pays to be brave.