These are the original seven wonders of the world.
The Great Pyramid of Giza, Egypt
The Hanging Gardens of Babylon
The Statue of Zeus at Olympia, Greece
The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus
The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus
The Colossus of Rhodes
The Lighthouse of Alexandria, Egypt
I mention these to show that even though all but the Great Pyramid of Giza are gone, we still know about them. Destroying historical monuments and buildings does not erase the past.
These are the New seven wonders of the world.
The Great Wall of China
Chichén Itzá, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico
Machu Picchu, Cuzco, Peru
Christ the Redeemer, Rio de Janeiro
The Colosseum, Rome
The Taj Mahal, Agra, India
I mention these to show that many people still visit historical buildings, markers and statues daily. Generally it is a look into the past and a chance to learn from them. Many old and ancient structures were built with slaves of all races. The structure doesn’t represent slavery, but rather the accomplishments of all mankind. Some were built for worship, others for elegance, defense or extravagance. Whatever the reasons were, it marked a point in history that should not be forgotten. Whether it was a horrific event or a momentous occasion, the event happened and should be remembered for what it was. Monuments represent mankind’s achievements, they are not here to serve as objects for your personal vendetta against a previous era in world history.
Tearing down monuments does not erase the history behind it. If it did, we wouldn’t know about six of the ancient ones today. Learn from history so as not to repeat it.
Everything in our lives today is built on history, not just monuments. Everything.
Our world has seen the best and worst of mankind. We have seen genocide, slavery and starvation. We have also seen compassion, love and altruism. Through it all we have continued to move forward and incrementally improve on the past, because of or in spite of, our history. We must not forget our history or we may be doomed to repeat it. You cannot change history, but you can change your future, if you learn from the past. God bless everyone.