The Seven Wonders of the Natural World
Let us take a look the Seven Wonders of the World and see if we can improve on this list. The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World is the first known list of the most spectacular natural wonders and manmade structures. It was based on guidebooks popular among Hellenic sightseers and only included works located around the Mediterranean rim. The number seven was chosen because the Greeks believed it represented perfection and plenty, and because it was the number of the five planets known anciently, plus the sun and moon.
The classic seven wonders were: Great Pyramid of Giza; Hanging Gardens of Babylon; Statue of Zeus at Olympia; Temple of Artemis at Ephesus; Mausoleum at Halicarnassus; Colossus of Rhodes; and, Lighthouse of Alexandria. The only ancient world wonder that still exists is the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Many similar lists have been made and updated many times. In 2007, more than 100 million people voted to declare the New Seven Wonders of the World. These pertain to humanly constructed wonders and can best be viewed through the images provided on the Internet. Go to the following site to observe these: news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2007/07/photogalleries/seven-wonders.
The seven New Wonders of the World include the 105-foot-tall "Christ the Redeemer" statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil followed by the Colosseum in Rome; India's Taj Mahal; the Great Wall of China; Jordan's ancient city of Petra; the Inca ruins of Machu Picchu in Peru; and, the ancient Mayan city of Chichen Itza in Mexico.
How could 100 million people be wrong?
There is the old story of a grade school teacher, after a history lesson, telling his students to take a piece of paper and write down the Seven Wonders of the World. When all of the children were finished except one boy, the teacher asked the little guy if he needed any help. He said he did, so the teacher asked him to tell the class what he had written down. The little boy said, "feeling, hearing, seeing, smelling and tasting; but I do not know how to finish it." The boy was on to something.
I am very fortunate to live in the beautiful forested mountains of West Virginia on a few acres of land; and on the property is a decent-size pond with fish, turtles and vegetation including many flowers. There are a lot of different varieties of birds and animals including deer. I have a nice, old, comfortable outside, chair sitting by the pond and close to the area where I feed the birds. I can hear fish jumping for the bugs and I can watch the birds going after their natural and provided food and listen to their beautiful singing. It is quite enjoyable to sit out there with just the animals (including my dog) and the birds and the fish. It is like the little student said, you can feel, hear, see, smell and sometimes even taste the wonders of the world.
Let's take a look at what I will call the Seven Wonders of the Natural World.
One thing which comes to mind is the comparison of our beautiful world with other worlds out among the planets. To me, they all appear to be barren and uninhabited compared to our earth.
Our earth was created for man. It includes the plants and trees which feed, shelter and protect us. My garden has lots of plants, I have many flowerer beds, and my house is made from the lumber of many trees.
Our earth includes the animals, fish, birds and other species which not only feed, shelter, clothe, protect us, and help propagate, but also provide us companionship and helpers with pets ranging from horses to gerbils, and crows to parrots. The world includes the flowers and butterflies to beautify the earth and for man to see, the birds which sing to him, the rivers and the forests, hills and valleys for more beauty. The area I live in is especially beautiful in the Fall. My little piece of heavenly earth even has an attractive flower called the "butterfly weed" which attracts those beautiful monarch butterflies.
The earth includes light in the form of the sun to provide the daylight to a rotating earth during the day, and the moon to provide light at night.
The earth provides climate which causes the rain to water our gardens, flowers and forests; and, to make beautiful rainbows. I have been fortunate to witness a horizon to horizon rainbow from my back yard. Climate also provides those beautiful clouds. As a small boy on a nice, warm day, I would lie down on the hill behind our home and just look up at the clouds and dream. I would see such things as the image of a full-sized square-rigged ship right out of Treasure Island.
I am also fortunate in my location to have skies which are relatively clear of light pollution. The sky is usually very clear at night and I as well as relatives and visitors from the city love to come out at night and look at the Milky Way and the other planets and constellations in the sky, along with the moon and larger stars.
Most importantly, God, knowing we needed to reproduce, provided a means of providing new life for us and for all of the other living things on earth. In the plant world, the plant produces a seed which is carried to the fertile ground, via wind, water and even birds and animals, where it is nourished and protected until it becomes a plant. With the animals and humans, the male produces the seed which is given to the female who, when the seed is within an egg, nourishes and protects until it becomes a grown animal or human. Also the man protects the woman as well as the offspring through this growth period even to the sacrificing of his life. Is this not a wonder of wonders? How can any man-made wonder compare?
Finally, and most important, God provides for us a faith so there will be light to the mind, strength to the will, joy to the heart, comfort to the suffering, way fare for the dying and a pledge of future glory. Could God have been any more generous? God not only provided us a wonderful natural world, but the directions for enjoying it now and in the future.
Our seven wonders of the natural world are 1) plants and trees, 2) animals, fish, birds and insects, 3) light, 4) climate, 5) the sky, 6) new life, and 7) faith. Of course the last is most important; however, they are all gifts to us from almighty God.
The little boy in the history class was a great inspiration. Out of the mouths of children comes a lot of innocent and honest truth. He inspired me to determine the seven wonders of the natural world.
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