Minecraft has become a big part of our lives, and these days since it is so hot, the kids are allowed to play with their friends in Perth online for a few hours every morning. I have been taking this opportunity to do all the things I normally don’t have time to do when we have school… which mostly involves catching up with work rather than leaving everything until the last minute.
It is a while since I had a look at what the kids have been building on Minecraft, but yesterday I sat with Diyana to check out their world. It left me in tears (which seems to happen a lot these days). What they have created in just a month is more mind blowing than I can possibly express in words. They have an airport, an animal hospital, a science lab, houses and hotels, a complex road system, an amusement park, a learning centre and a complete underground subway with stations for each of the main buildings in the world. These are not basic structures either… they are sophisticated designs with no input from outside their small group whatsoever.
Even more amazing than what they have built is the community they have created. Each of them has a role based on their interests… there is a vet, a scientist (who is designing science experiments in the lab), a chief designer, and each of them teaches the others about the things that interest them. For example yesterday Shams was teaching the other kids about Minecraft Mods (one of his chief passions in life). They have rules, and their own currency, and most amazing of all is that ALL of this was done without conflict. Everyone identifies the things they are passionate about, and everyone else accommodates that. They understand each others’ strengths and weaknesses and there is no power play, no ownership issues, no bickering. One of their friends has taken the leadership role quite naturally, and everyone follows that without the need to question or feel threatened by it. They really, genuinely love each other in a beautiful and unconditional way.
I have been thinking about this since yesterday and still can’t get over what they have managed to build in just a month or so. If only kids ran our communities, just imagine……………….!