Have you voted for Petra in the 7 Wonders of the World competition yet? If not, get to it! Heck, dedicate a JD’s worth of SMS’s. Consider yourself taking part in something historical. Your contribution to the celebration of greatness.
I know a lot of criticism has been thrown on the campaign, from Jordanians no less. Reasons not to vote, about how voting for Petra is going to really destroy Petra and tear the social fabric of our existance, resulting in the universe imploding.
Don’t listen to the naysayers! They have nothing to say but “nay!”.
In fact: We should start some sort of grassroots campaign on the street level to encourage people to vote. A pay-it-forward-pyramid campaign: everyone reading this gets two other people to vote and so and so forth.
Send email forwards!
Go forth and graffiti the word “Petra” on public walls and bathroom stalls.
If you must, bellow into a bullhorn outside your office window to the people on the street below, preferably during your lunch break.
Write little messages on all your dinar bills.
Plaster A4 printouts to your car’s rear window.
Bumper stickers? T-shirts?
Do what you must do.
And if anyone needs a reason here are but a few:
1- Sense of National Pride*
2- Sense of National Unity*
3- Getting to bask in the international limelight*
4- Having an occasion in early July to sit on a car window as it cruises through Amman honking its horn, with you waving the flag wildly and shouting like crazy.*
5- Being able to continue to live with yourself on the 8th of July, in a Jordan where the people ended up voting for Petra more than Diana Karazon.**
6- Because you don’t want to be the most uncool person in all of Jordan who didn’t end up voting.**
7- Because if it gets inducted and your kids read about it years from now, you can tell them you were a part of a historical accomplishment.**
* momentary feeling
** permanent feeling