A recent Reuters article (“Stonehenge makes list in new seven wonders vote” Tue Oct 17, 8:34 AM ET) reported that the 5,000-year-old stones on Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire will be up for nomination for a revised list of the Seven Wonders of the World. The former list included the Hanging Gardens of Babylon; the Statue of Zeus at Olympia; the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus; the Colossus of Rhodes; the Lighthouse of Alexandria; and the Great Pyramid of Giza. Of these sites, only the Great Pyramid still stands and it is for this reason that a non-profit Swiss foundation called New7Wonders will vote on a new list. They will announce the results on July 7, 2007, in Lisbon.

That’s great. There are still people in the world who appreciate history. I have a question: why only 7? Perhaps it is simply a convenient number. But to me, every one of the 21 sites nominated is a testament to mankind’s accomplishment. And they are. The original purpose of the Seven Wonders was a tourist guide for ancient travelers- obviously, these being travelers of the Mediterranean. It is a conceited idea that there are only seven.

The Swiss (neutralites of the planet) need to make a list of all the wonders of the world. Rather than voting on exclusivity, they should vote on inclusivity. This hypothetical list would be enormous, certainly enough to entertain modern tourists. Who wants to offend a country by telling them their megalith is less of a wonder than some temple in another country. None of them were built to compete with each other.

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