I am hoping those two thousand vets show up on time.
Right now I have been reading John Cremony's classic and seminal "Life Among the Apaches", Chapter eight actually, where he describes the 'irredeemable nature' of the American 'savage'.
Interesting - since seven years in the mountains transformed me into just such an 'irredeemable savage', if I may be permitted a little poetic licence.
Herman Melville in "Moby Dick" spoke of this:
"Long exile from civilization and Christendom restores a man to that state in which nature placed him - that of the savage..." ( or words to that effect).
I think civilization and specialization have proven to be a mixed blessing.
Perhaps instead of adopting the worst attributes of either civilization or savagery, we could adopt the best, if you will ?
Decent, green jobs for everyone who wants them, and a much needed 'emergency ecological education' ( Wendell Berry) for everyone - period.
I don't expect, or want, human nature to change.
But what is human nature ?
We are all going to find out in the years ahead, aren't we ?