How the Burning House Project helps us think about how much we really don’t need.
The Burning House by Foster Huntington began as a popular blog and later became a book that the New York Times called “fascinating and provocative.”
It asked the simple question.
“If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s a conflict between what’s practical, valuable and sentimental. What you would take reflects your interests, background and priorities. Think of it as an interview condensed into one question.”
The idea went viral as thousands of people around the world posted a photo and a list of the few things they would grab if their house was on fire. Most people assumed that family, friends, and pets were out of the “hypothetical burning house” safely so you just have a few moments to grab those few important possessions. It’s also very hard to get a cat to pose for the picture. [Read more…] about What would you take with you?