seven wonders

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Kheops-Pyramid.jpgCall me nostalgic, but I’m not buying all this new seven wonders crap. Like many people, I probably couldn’t have named more than a handful of the original seven wonders, but they were the seven wonders, proclaimed by Antipater of Sidon himself. Now, we have people from all over the world voting online, through text messages, and telephone surveys? Now any twelve year old with a cell phone can decide the most prominent wonders of the world? Oh please. The Statue of Liberty lost overwhelmingly due to disagreement over U.S. foreign policy – not that it should have been one of the seven wonders, but the influence of political opinion on the decision is unfair. Not only did the voting system open the door for massive fraud (some little Peruvian definitely spammed the vote for Machu Picchu to sneak in), but it fails to keep the vote in the hands of those who really matter – the cultural elite.

The original wonders of the world didn’t even make the cut to the “finalist” stage. Even the pyramids of Giza didn’t make it into the top seven – probably just because Egyptians don’t spend as much time on the Internet. Not to diminish its greatness, but Petra can’t hold a candle to the damn pyramids. As for me, I’m not going to recognize these new seven wonders in any of my official correspondence which explicitly or tacitly involves the subject, which is a lot more correspondence than one might think. I urge all others to do the same.

The true seven wonders (though all but one are destroyed):

  • Great Pyramid at Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
  • Statue of Zeus at Olympia
  • Mausoleum of Maussollos at Halicarnassus
  • Colossus of Rhodes
  • Lighthouse of Alexandria

(I knew four of those – thanks Wikipedia!)

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