Young man/woman arrives in a new town/job/group/family, said person is welcomed with greetings, smiles, random small talk about nothing important. Person is perhaps invited out for lunch, happy hour, or to a sporting event. Person engages in more generalized small talk, taking care not to offend anyone with any serious discussion or ideas: no religion, politics, philosophy, or eccentric behavior. Person then perhaps makes a few close friends with one or two of these new persons; perhaps said person joins a clique in new found circumstances. Person then continues to be affable and friendly to those persons closer relations were not formed with. Person continues with the greetings, the odd infrequent outing or lunch with other persons. Person then moves to another job, city, or divorces and finds another family, and does this all over again, with a new set of actors. Is person a floating island? Are all persons floating islands? What societal forces cause this very general, but very typical American story to happen? And why is this the case?