The Petra in Jordan, Coliseum of Italy, Chichen Itza of Mexico, Machu Picchu in Peru, Great Wall of China, Christ the Redeemer in Rio de Janeiro and Taj Mahal of India – are the current Seven Wonders of the World.
Taj Mahal is one of the most visited tourist sites in India and for the right reasons. It is a heritage site that is not only beautiful to look at but has a beautiful story behind it as well. The tomb was built by a Mughal emperor called Shah Jahan in the memory of his third wife Mumtaz Mahal, who died while giving birth to their 14th child. This story of his love for his wife has captured the imagination of many including the historians.
Although it is one of the seven wonders of our world and beautiful to look at, its design is not entirely unique. The Islamic and Persian architecture can be found in many other tombs and mosques elsewhere, especially in the Middle East. So, what makes it so great?
We may say its beauty could be a reason, as much as the story of love for his wife. If it is great stories that count then we have greater examples to cite; stories of Egyptian pharaoh Cleopatra and Mark Antony or Bonnie and Clyde.
If it was the art that amazed us then we would have made the Globe Theatre of London a wonder, where some of Shakespeare’s famous plays were held or where Mozart composed his masterpieces.
Although we may differ in what we call wonders of our world, but there are few things we all agree with clamouring consensus; it is the sheer size and scale of our subjects that leave us in awe. The bigger they are – the larger they look, the longer it takes to experience them the longer we admire them.
No wonder all seven wonders are large in size, no wonder the biggest attraction in Dubai is the largest structure of its mall or the tallest structure of its tower, no wonder the biggest Buddha statue in Hong Kong is the talk of the town, no wonder the most admired disaster in history is that of Titanic, which was the most largest at that time, no wonder the biggest mansion comes in news when it is sold, no wonder highest jumper from space gets most media coverage, no wonder everybody wants to buy the most luxurious or powerful vehicle of all even if they could never afford one, no wonder we all want to move into that bigger house; bigger than our current one, no wonder tallest tower is what every major city built once, no wonder biggest airport is what makes travelers happy, no wonder biggest aircraft like A380 get the most admiration and red carpet welcome, no wonder biggest hotels get bigger stars and arrivals of guests, and no wonder biggest theme park called Disney Land used to attract the most visitors, no wonder Alexander is called ‘Alexander the Great’ because he conquered so many countries – even after massacring so many. Last but not the least, the humans have not even left the penis of men, many believing – the bigger its size the greater the manhood.
Without fail, it always seems to the biggest, fastest or tallest that gets perceived as the most grand and a thing of wonder. So, what makes things great?
It is our ego that makes things great, it is our ego that tells us that something is of worth only when it affects our senses more than others. It is the ego that makes us want more and more. The higher the ego we have, the more likely we will be in awe by the sheer size or power that something commands.
However, the lesser our ego, the more easy it can be to find things we may enjoy. The lesser our ego, the more are our chances to make our life a wonder.