Do you agree that maintaining relationships with family members is more important than with friends?
I think that maintaining a good relationship with family is more important than with friends and lovers. The main reason for this is that the connection between you and your family has a genetic basis. Half of your genetic material comes from your mother, and she is thus inexorably and fundamentally a part of you. The same goes for your father. Family cannot, therefore, be replaced. By contrast, friends can be replaced. It may not sound like something you can put on a Hallmark card, but it's true.
Furthermore, the job of a friend is different from that of, say, a parent or a sibling. Family is tasked with basically forming who you are as a person—instilling a work ethic, teaching you right from wrong, standing by you in hard times, etc. Yes, people like to say that friends will always be there, but they're not biologically obliged to. They're not fundamentally connected to you the way your family is.
Good relationship with family is more important than with friends R1: genetic basis 基因使我们和家人更亲近 R2: friends are not always there 朋友有可能会离去
inexorably and fundamentally: 不可改变的、本质上的 The same goes for: 短语 这同样适用于的意思 Hallmark card: 指假日寄给朋友的贺卡 tasked with：表示承担某种任务 instilling a work ethic: 灌输职业道德 teaching you right from wrong: 教会你辨别是非，写作常用短语