Wonders of the World

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Wonders of the World

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A group of students were asked to list what they thought were the present "Seven Wonders of the World."A Though there were some disagreements, the following received the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student had not finished her paper yet.A So she asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.A The girl replied, "Yes, a little.A I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."

The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."

The girl hesitated, then read, "I think the 'Seven Wonders of the World' are:

1. To See
2. To Hear
3. To Touch
4. To Taste
5. To Feel
6. To Laugh
7. To Love"

The room was so quiet you could have heard a pin drop.A The things we overlook as simple and ordinary and that we take for granted are truly wondrous!A A gentle reminder - that the most precious things in life cannot be built by hand or bought by man.

Unfortunately, I do not know who the original author of the above passage is.

To me, the above story provides a strong analogy of how superficial video games are compared to the really important things in real life, especially those that we miss out on when we make video games more important than real life.

- John O.

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Re: Wonders of the World

J'Doe Thanks for the gentle reminder as recently I have gotten caught up and stressed about about some of the 'smaller' things in life. Kathy

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ItA's a nice story, though to be honest I have received my fair share of criticism for replies such as these ... especially! in school and the university. These stories look good on paper, but if you regularly behave like the girl did, you are bound to get strange looks (and worse) in abundance. Actually itA's what I believe at least partially drove some of us folks here into computer games.

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The general populus is scared of strong and free thinking people. Most social groups seem to surpress this kind of though. I'm glad the greeks weren't like this. We'd still be sailing in wooden ships and screaming at 'dragons' eating the sun during an eclipse. Now that I think about it, are our social structures REALLY much farther?

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"shiva " wrote:

ItA's a nice story, though to be honest I have received my fair share of criticism for replies such as these ... especially! in school and the university. These stories look good on paper, but if you regularly behave like the girl did, you are bound to get strange looks (and worse) in abundance.

Unfortunately, I have personally found that a major purpose of education, even (and perhaps especially) higher education, is to have people conform to a certain way of thinking. A Despite the supposed general aim of universities of teaching people how to think independently, I have found that on the few occasions when I tried to actually do that, I was discouraged from doing so. A It seems that Western society, including its various institutions such as the schools, are set up to have people conform quite closely to certain ways of thinking, with anything deviating from that being criticized and discouraged. A It is a shame since we have undoubtedly lost a huge number of original ideas, that we could have greatly benefited from, if people were truly encouraged to be free thinkers. On the other hand, I think that the Internet provides a great outlet for non-conformist views. A I hope that, in the long term, our society will change and be more open to ideas that differ from our commonly accepted "wisdom" and that we will be more willing to question everything instead of blindly accepting the concepts just because we are told that they are "true".

"shiva " wrote:

Actually itA's what I believe at least partially drove some of us folks here into computer games.

I cannot speak for anybody else, but I don't think that this had any significant influence in my playing computer games. A On the other hand, I have not given that idea much thought so I reserve the option of changing my opinion about it later :-.

- John O.

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