chapter  3
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Family Life : A Study in Pathology

I MAY as well confess at the outset that temperamentally I am not at ease within the four walls of any institution whatsoever. Something anarchistic, possibly even anarchic, stirs in my mind and makes for a kind of rebelliousness in the presence of institutionalization. And yet I know as a socialistic logician, believing profoundly in the communization of many vital aspects of life, that institutions are of the very essence of the case, particularly in a world as complicated and heavily organized as the contemporary world must continue to be. The very word "institution" carries echoes and implications almost of horror for my temperament. I shall therefore not be in a mood to emphasize the more lovely attributes of the institution called the family, leaving the celebration of its real or imagined beauty and blessing to those who are temperamentally better equipped to speak without cynic laughter of the sacredness of the home. There is no place like home-thank God!1