What is the purpose of a family? To grow apart. A family is the place of non-communication… The family is a series of duties, a mob of people who knew you much too young, before you had grown up - and the oldest members are well placed to know that you have still not grown up… Family life is a series of miserable meals where everyone rehashes the same humiliating anecdotes and hypocritical reflexes, where what you think of as family ties are nothing more than the lottery of birth and the rituals of communal living. A family is a group of people who cannot manage to communicate, yet loudly interrupt each other … I don’t understand how people can think of family as a place of safety, when in fact it triggers extreme panic.
— Frédéric Beigbeder