Our latest ruminations concern David Livingstone.
The great Scottish born African Explorer Doctor David Livingstone could yet throw a spanner in the great machine works of history if he is at all worried about data protection.
He tried to find the source of the Nile and he tried to bring his influence to bear to end slavery practices on the African continent but what Doctor David Livingstone is best remembered for is his meeting in 1871 with the New York Herald reporter Henry Morton Stanley, sent by his newspaper to Africa to try and locate the explorer who had been missing for six years.
In history, as we are familiar with it, Livingstone answers the question in the affirmative, but we are aware of the increasing interference of modern technology and scientific endeavour upon the past and are concerned that elements motivated to cause mayhem where previously only harmony existed could endeavour to make Livingstone more personal data aware and identity fraud savvy.
‘It will be a great shame,’ commented Professor Stephen Oroea of the British Colonial History Department at The Natal State University when we approached him with this hypothesis, ‘but David Livingstone was a progressive thinker and I can see him embracing this new manner of conduct regarding protection of personal data and information.’
The result: No embracing of Henry Morton Stanley and one of history’s most poignant moments will be lost with no chance of any search parties managing to ever resurrect it.
We at The History Maintenance Commission are already evaluating the consequences of such an event no longer occurring and if those results prove dire they are assessing the means at their disposal to prevent history from being changed for the worst.