To define civilization?
Slavic and in particular Polish language is older then any western European. Culture is older in any sense. Older and in continuity in at least 12.000 years, since last Ice age. As Jacob Grimm said, 'one cant comprehend Gernanic mythology without knowing Slavic mythology'. Than sense of democracy is older in Poland then on the west of Europe. With Sarmatism, Poland actually invented democracy.
That for one.
Poles have the unfortunate luck to be at the same time between Germany and Russia
Unfortunate? If Russia collapse, Poland collapse. If Germany collapse Poland expand. Figure that