Indeed, we are and it puts us on the chopping board of many countries who are not as advanced as we are. Remember the nice discussions we had in the past about this.
Sorry it must have been during one of my black outs, any links?
But you are correct, Holland does get a beating instead of being used as a model.
the Poles seem to take the greatest common divisor and try to make it theirs as well.
Are you talking about all those silly TV programs like the X factor, (enter country) has talent etc?
I think that is just TV culture, kinda like this forum being internet culture and there are certain expectations e.g. we will never all agree ;)
but most of the Poles who adopt this are ignoring the cultural differences of the diverse countries in the West.
I think the same could be said for people in the West talking about the East.
It was only 20 years ago when the old iron curtain was up and we were in an arms race.
had chicken Kiev, which wasn't chicken Kiev at all; when do they learn how to cook in our canteen?)
When they learn Kiev is not in Poland ;p
Does Poland hate the western culture? It depends. The simple folk, as I imagine all simple folk in the world, love the consumptionist way of life. After all, this was what they dreamed about and couldn’t get during the commie times. A new TV set, cable TV, a new car and some vacations somewhere nice from time to time. The intelligentsia is somewhat more critical towards consumptionism, preaching the impotance of some higher values and all. Is this that different from wherever you are?