In some of your earlier posts you mentioned that Poles should not focus on history events which can bring hostility into relations between Poland and Ukraine, was it your point? In fact they don't focus. I can ensure you that in 2007 one of 2 most popular textbooks for extended level history lessons, secondary school (liceum), there was barely one-sentence mention about UPA and Volhynia massacre. I doubt the other one was different. Actually there is a lot of current Ukrainian politics in Polish media, but almost none history related. There was a brief period when history hit media - when some people wanted to name one of the Euro 2012 stadium in honour of Stepan Bandera, the other time was when some Ukrainian organisation tried to get visas for a kids' trip which was led in honour of Bandera as well.
Generally Poles whose families were not affected with the complicated history of those two nations have very indifferent attitude to Ukrainians, neither dislike them nor like them.
Those whose families were affected have often grudge against that Ukrainians throw accusations on Poles while they can't acknowledge their own mischiefs.
That's all in the subject of Ukrainians... wait, I almot forgot! I also fell in love in Bohun after watching Ogniem i mieczem. Sasha Domogarov without Bohun's mustache wasn't so handsome anymore :))) Kozaks are associated with romantic ideas of freedom, not with the cruelty.
Now Russians :)
Polish attitudes varies greatly: from geat fondness to deep prejudice. Personally I felt ashamed for the behavior of some Poles during Euro 2012 but unfortunately it's also the Polish media fault which heated up the atmosphere against that march by portraing it as a political manifestation against Poles.
There is a political party Law nd Justice which is very anti-russian and promotes speculations about the Smoleńsk catastrophe being in fact an assasination. The head of this party is a twin brother of the deceast president. 60-odd per cent of Poles don't believe it could be an assasination comparing to 26% who believes so.
Poles have stereotypes, and that only makes us look backward.
Dominika, please stop projecting your own inferiority complex on whole population of Poland. This forum is the best example that you're wrong and that the "most of Europe" has NOT gone with their lives. How often do I hear that "Polish women are prostitutes"? Or that Poles Poles are "benefit thieves"? On this forum such and other negative claims appear constantly. Certainly many of those "civilized Europeans" think that Poles are in general dirty bunch of alcoholics, an Asiatic horde... which is, undoubtly, a deeply chauvinistic stereotype, yet you as a person raised abroad eagerly repeat such statements. It all contradicts your claims.
The only truth about human nature is that having stereotypes is absolutely a norm for every society on the globe! There are no better or worse nations in regards of that... it's only in your head, Dominika, that Poles are somewhat culturally worse because of that than Western parts of Europe.
Moreover what I've noticed, as a person raised abroad, you yourself obviously want to feel superior to your compatriots. Tell me, isn't such attitude something which is considered provincial not only in Poland but everywhere in world? No offence but now you act as if you were pretending a highly cultured person, while in fact you're snotty and provincial yourself. I've read your thread about Warsaw - funny that you accuse others of having the traits you obviosuly share too. Snotty and arrogant but on wider, global scale (instead of "Oh, I come from Warsaw" there is in your case "Oh, I come from EUROPE unlike other Poles")
Other things which annoys me about you is that you're a person who admitted voluntarily that don't know history of Poland well and don't intend to educate yourself, but despite of that you take part in discussions where having some history knowledge is essential. Doesn't it make you look like an ignorant who purports to have something intelligent to say?
We got a lot of growing up to do, and a lot of insecurities to get over
The only person who has to grow up is you, because I find many of your posts offensive and immature. If Poland is not "Europe" then what it is? Asia? Let me remind you that Ukraine is also in Europe so probably many Ukrainians would find your posts insulting as well. And most population of Russia lives in Europe too.
Maybe we've got an inferiority complex?
No it's not about shame. I feel that Western Slavs are different than Eastern Slavs. I'd say that Poland culturally have much in common with Slovakia even though it's not a posh country which one would like to be associated with,or is it? (no offence to Slovakians intended).
I find Russian culture distant and exotic. Ikons, Father Frost, Orthodox Church, cyrilics.
And why do you compare being a Slav with being a non Protestant? Ethnicity and religion? What's that got to do with anything?
Between Easten Orthodox Church and Catholic church there is a void too.
And the last sentence:
Maybe we've got an inferiority complex?
no, it's only you.