We've talked often about how those behind the self-esteem movement want to create a world in which nobody ever feels bad about anything. Heaven forbid we have just one high school basketball champion if we can have several divisions with their own champions. Why have a single valedictorian when that would make so many who came close have a pitiful self image? That campaign is now worldwide, thanks to the United Nations.
After 100 million Internet and phone votes, we have Seven New Wonders of the World -- the Great Wall of China; India's Taj Mahal; the centuries-old pink ruins of Petra in Jordan; the Colosseum in Rome; the statue of Christ overlooking Rio de Janeiro; the Incan ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru; and the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico -- to replace the seven ancient wonders, of which only two remain. This does not please Unesco:
Christian Manhart, Unesco's press officer, criticised the ballot, saying it sent out a "negative message to countries whose sites have not been retained"."All of these wonders obviously deserve a place on the list, but what disturbs us is that the list is limited to just seven," he said, pointing out that "seven were adequate in Antiquity because the Antique world was much smaller than today," only comprising the area surrounding the Mediterranean.
We obviously need 7,000 wonders, in which case Power's Hamburgers and Glenbrook can be nominated for the list. We certainly have self-esteem issues here.