1 JANUARY 2015. WHAT’S GOING ON? AND WILL YOU REMEMBER IT?
Let’s see now. What happened on 1 January 1915?
HMS Formidable was sunk by a German U-boat.
What happened on 1 January 1815?
The British started the bombardment of New Orleans.
What happened on 1 January 1715?
A homeless Scot was sentenced to be transported to a plantation in Virginia (Yes, there is a Directory of Scots Banished to the American Plantations). But really, who cares?
As David Hume pointed out in his treatise Of Personal Identity: Our memory is short. Who can tell me, for instance, what were his thoughts or actions on the 1st of January 1715?
There you go. Whatever happens on 1 January 2015, don’t worry. You’ll soon forget it.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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