The Real Seven Wonders of the World
Out of the mouths of babes comes a refreshing take on the world.
BY: the Reverend Forrest Church
Can you name the Seven Wonders of the World, a group of remarkable creations of ancient times? When my parishioner shared this story with me, off the top of my head, I conjured up three: the Egyptian pyramids, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon, and the Colossus of Rhodes. Not bad. But just in case one of my own children should ask the same question on some future virtual camping expedition, I took out a little insurance, looking up the other four in my encyclopedia. Here they are: the tomb of Mausolus at Halicarnassus; the temple of Artemis at Ephesus; the statue of Zeus by Phidias at Olympia; and the Pharos (or lighthouse) of Alexandria. Of course.
When it comes to the Seven Wonders of the World, my friend the architect has a built-in advantage: architects designed five of them. But he didn't tell the story to boast of his craft. Quite the opposite.
He answered his son's question, describing each of these marvels in considerable detail. Then the two of them stood silently together, until the sky wound itself into a riot of stars. Minutes passed. The man lost himself in the heavens. The boy pondered his father's words.
"Those things you told me about. They aren't the real Seven Wonders of the World."
"What do you mean, son?"
"The first wonder of the world is a baby being born. Don't you think so, Dad? The second is being able to see. Then comes being able to talk and walk. That's four. Hearing makes five. Then either touch or smell, maybe both?"
Looking upon the creation with new eyes, his father said, "How about love?"
"Love," his son repeated. "You got it, Dad. That's the eighth wonder of the world."