Have you ever cut down a tree? A living, breathing, woody tree? It’s frowned upon in our society, much to my dismay, and that’s only scratching the surface of what you can do in minecraft but can’t in real life. I can’t go and dig a hole in somebody’s backyard and build a house in it. I can’t go and take bread from a person’s kitchen. I can’t raise my own herd of cattle in my backyard and then kill them on a whim. I can’t build a personal railroad down the sidewalk. But in Minecraft, things are different.
One of the most significant attributes in the wonderful game is that your actions are limited by nothing other than your imagination. I can build a house for the purpose of burning it down post completion. I can interbreed my herd of cows with each other multiple times a day so they can have an accelerated gestation period. I can fight off zombies in the night. I can go and kill other people and loot their houses. I can basically do anything I want, and I like the freedom that carries. In a world dictated by a “do this do that” attitude, sometimes I just don’t want to do anything. People push you and force you to do things you don’t want to do. If this was Minecraft, I’d burn their house down. In certain situations that kind of behavior is what the world needs.
The ever-expanding list of rebellious actions in Minecraft has raised a question for me. Are those things even ethical? The implications of Minecraft actions, through the lense of modern day society, are unacceptable and inappropriate. Imagine what the world would be like with true free will, with the kind of freedom one attains in minecraft. Politics would be solved with diamond swords and armor. Every aspect of arguing would be, at the very least, much more simplified. People would have to face their enemies, and literally duel it out. It’s a much more direct way of negotiation and confrontation, and frankly, that sounds better than people getting to duck behind others, deceiving their peers left and right. However, I still question Minecraft’s ethical maturity. Is this the next form of government for the United States? People didn’t really like our first form of U.S government. People sat down at a table and thought of our constitution. Years and centuries later, people sat down at a table to write the revolutionary code that built Minecraft. Quite obvious parallels show that Minecraft is the way of the future. It simplifies life. Everything is based on the will of the person to survive. It gives individuals the choice to either pull themselves up and make responsible choices, or perish. Maybe it’s harsh, and I do acknowledge that possible viewpoint, but in reality it’s not much more cutthroat than our current societal norms. In real life, people always have to look out for their jobs, guard their family and block people from taking what is theirs, which is like constantly watching your infrastructure in Minecraft. If one were to boil down our current society, it’s really not tamer than Minecraft.
At the end of the day, which is about nine minutes in Minecraft, a true connoisseur of the sport must see the possible advances that the United States can make by adopting fundamental ideas of a true Minecraftian society. Those are, in fact, nothing. But maybe that’s what our society needs, although admittedly this level of change in our government is almost completely predestined to never happen. The use of Minecraft can still give us that freedom though, and it’s important to point out this available outlet. I can detox; zone out for a bit. Or four hours. But the point is, Minecraft gives people what they need, which is an outlet to let their mind roam free for however long without facing the possible consequences our real-life society puts in place.
story by Gil Johnson