/ Why do so many Polish strive to be accepted by the West?
Poland is not west in any way. Ive lived in the west i travel to the west and until they fix their communism education system where teenage girls have to sit home doing memorization like in china all day instead of having free time to hang out with friends and where they teach garbage English and focus on their backward language and until toilets become free or at least restaurants let you use them and until they fix their abysmal maybe worse than Russia customer service and cleaniness in even cheaper restaurants and bars (I get sick every time i go binge drinking and bar hopping in Lodz covid part of the time or other illness) it ill never be west.
you also have to look at culture and violence. for instance in countries violence is still accepted like Poland Ukraine Russia and defending a womans pride through violence is acceptable vs countries like USA or England where you become suid jailed or what happened to me or what they talk about in the video below thats the diff between east and west:
listen form 3 minutes in they talk about "we live in a society" because thats not Poland. look what happened to me when i saw those Ukrainian people assaulted by that bouncer in Lodz and the cop tried to throw it under the rag and threaten to arrest me if i leave their single witness and thats before i as assaulted myself in Lodz by their group of thugs.