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On Love - Alain de Botton

Whatever modest denials parents may offer-however much they may downplay their ambitions in front of strangers-to have a child is, at the outset, at least, to make an assault on perfection, to attempt to create not just another average human being but an exemplar of distinctive perfection. Mediocrity, albeit the statistical norm, can never be the initial goal; the sacrifices required to get a child to adulthood are simply too great.