Stopping a War in Minecraft

Minecraft

Minecraft

I just intervened to thwart a war. Alex colonized Evan’s island demanding more property. Evan refused and in protest tore down what Alex built there. I intervened suggesting more beach land so both could share the land. Evan was firm in his position to leave the land as it was. Alex refused to build on other land.

I needed a different solution for peacekeeping.

The only solution was that both share property by together building in another area of the island. With a slick architectural plan I offered, Evan was free to rebuild his land as if unscathed by the invading regime. The trade was fair, and a war was thwarted.

My kids learned a few things. First, wars start over property and resources. There is only so much land in the world and people want each other’s land so they can have more people live there. Second, it is not fair to go in and steal another person’s land or to destroy someone else’s property. Third, there is an organization called the United Nations whose job it is to get countries to cooperate so that they share land in the world and stop wars.

When they get old enough to watch the news they will see that the UN fails more than it succeeds. The US supports Israel even though they terrorize Palestinians out of their own land, and that acquiring wealth on a global scale is valued more than protecting people. All this happens as the UN basically sits back and watches while the US runs rampant through international law.

Bummer.

Amazing how shared distribution of wealth can stop two kids from fighting. Good ideas work. Grown-ups are just bigger versions of kids most of the time. What would happen if we just shared more stuff instead of killing each other to have more.

Professor Daddy gave them their first social studies lesson.

Now to fix some bowls of Lucky Charms, blueberries, and strawberries as they play – like adults should.

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