Why we want to build forts

by Carl Natale on April 21, 2012

This New York Times story is about building forts for kids. But there’s more to it than that. It’s about building our own spaces. Tight, closed in spaces. It creates a feeling of safety.

Lessons in the Art of Pillow Fort Construction

Constructing the perfect pillow fort. Cost: zero. Rules: few. Comfort of a cave: high. Cleanup: well, there’s that. (via New York Times)

And it’s not just for kids. They just don’t know they’re supposed to just use couch cushions for sitting. As we grow older, we seem to go into denial instead of home-made forts. Maybe this is why I like camping so much. I find the small, fort-sized tent comforting.

And maybe our cars are portable forts.

Why do you think we like to build forts?

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