This article by Joana Scopel was originally published in El Planteo and appears here with permission.

In case you didn't know, the building video game "Minecraft" ends with a poem that touches on themes such as dreams, the universe and ultimate meaning. Julian Gough, the man who wrote the poem, is now putting his work into the public domain as an act of love for humanity.

What led him to make this decision? A heroic dose of psilocybin truffles.

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"I hadn't taken psychedelics in decades and felt it was time for a midlife reset," Gough recounted.
After consuming psychedelics completely legally in the forests of the Netherlands, the author had the desire to make this poem public so that everyone would be free to read it and use it as they wished. This revelation originated from the bitter taste left in his mouth by the evolution of his relationship with the creator of "Minecraft," Markus Persson.

"I wrote a story for a friend. But in the end, he didn't treat me like a friend. And I'm hurt," Gough recently said in a Substack explaining why he published his poem.

In addition, Gough, who is an Irish writer and author of several novels and a children's book, said he never signed a contract with "Minecraft" creator Markus "Notch" Persson or Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT), which acquired the game for $2.4 billion, allowing him to pass the poem into the public domain without much trouble.

The Origin Of The Minecraft Poem

According to Vice, at the time Gough was a "struggling" artist and Persson was looking for someone to write an ending for his already successful video game. In 2011, the creatives connected and, according to …

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