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20 YEARS ON A BETTER POLAND -- ALSO BETTER POLES?


Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467    
7 Jun 2009  #1
In recent days much has been said and written in Poland about the 290th anniversary of free Poland, the progress made in that period -- the modernization, new housing, consumer

abundance not to mention the lack of censorship, NATO nad EU membership, home-kept passports, free media and private business. The general consensus is that Poland has definitely improved. But when Poland's first non-commie PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki was asked "Have we (Poles) improved?" , he said he wasn't that sure. What do you think?
Ziemowit 12 | 3,312    
8 Jun 2009  #2
I am not sure, either. Changes in mentality are slow and take much longer time than any economic change. It is in the US that one researcher (of Polish origin) strongly argues that we, Poles, still show the mentality of citizens of a post-colonial country. Indeed, for 122 years we were in true fact "colonies" of Russia, Prussia and Austria. Before that, things were not on a good path either, with our doubtful "gentry" parliamentarian democracy of 10% of the nation in which the famous "liberum veto" played a vital and most destructive role. The few magnates had too much land and power and could buy everyone; they used to teach their sons the alphabet by teaching them firing bullets at shields having individual letters on them (I think this "attitude" can be seen among many of the Polish members of these forums, too).
crayden - | 2    
9 Jun 2009  #3
I have just written a web page on that subject. I am English bt live in Poland. The consensus it that people are more materialistic and selfish now than during the communist times. I think it boiled down to being together in adversity, today its more competitive. about-poland.
Switezianka - | 463    
9 Jun 2009  #4
In recent days much has been said and written in Poland about the 290th anniversary of free Poland

290th?
Better look it up
Seanus 15 | 19,716    
6 Jun 2010  #5
More liberated :) Still obsessed with old commies, tho
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467    
2 Jul 2010  #6
Obsessed with old commies? If Negro slavery were still in force in America, would the issue not keep cropping up in every election campaign until it was fully done away with? Poland has never carried out a fully-fleged de-communisation campaign, because post-commies, soft-on-communism Michnikites, soft-on-corruption Tuskites and the arse-saving Wałęsas of this world thwarted or diluted every attempt to sort thigns out and clean up the mess. The Kaczyńskis' 4th Republic project marked an attempt to finally finish the job but it came too late in the game and could not dislodge the deeply entrenched above-mentioned circles. So the unresolved issue of SB collaborators and related questions are likely to plague Poland's political scene for many years to come.
MareGaea 29 | 2,753    
2 Jul 2010  #7
Define "a better Pole".

>^..^<

M-G (haec hactenus)
jwojcie 2 | 763    
2 Jul 2010  #8
I'm not better, I'm just older... From that point of view I'm rather worse ;-)
On the other hand, abundance of opportunites that I have now is uncomparable with misery of communist times... But it is environment not me...
On the other hand generation born in free Poland just don't know what they have... They don't feel the difference even they do now it exists.

Your question as a philosophical one is probably unanswerable...
But on the other hand GB Shaw supposedly said:
"Now when we learnt how to fly like a bird, how to swim like a fish, we must learn how to live as a human being"...

Which could mean many different things :-) But it can mean that by choosing more human friendly political system we got better already ;-)

On the other hand... it can mean also that regardless of technological and social development humans are just animals with thin layer of social mask, so maybe we merely changed mask not ourselfes ;-)
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467    
2 Jul 2010  #9
A better Pole or a better person are easy enough to define on the basis of universal virtues and vices. A better Pole or human would be kinder, more honest, decent, generous, altruistic, modest, humble, hospitable, helpful, friendly and respectful and less envious, greedy, vindictive, mean, vicious, haughty, boastful, selfish, disrespectful and petty.
frd 7 | 1,399    
2 Jul 2010  #10
more

more then what?

Is there some kind of a "POLE IDIOSYNCRACIES METRIC SYSTEM"

oh this guy, he's 3 Poles kind, and 2 and half Pole racist.
?
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467    
2 Jul 2010  #11
My English can't be that bad!? Kinder as opposed to less kind, more honest than dishonest, more generous as opposed to meaner, etc., etc. Has the PC crowd gone to the point that calling someone honest, decent and altruistic is racist? And people wonder why the world is so mucked up!
jwojcie 2 | 763    
2 Jul 2010  #12
Has the PC crowd gone to the point that calling someone honest, decent and altruistic is racist? And people wonder why the world is so mucked up!

Of course not, but your question is just to general :-)
How one can measure kindess of a nation? Personal experiences that some X was kind to the Y are quite meaningless in that regard. For a starter we can begin with crime statistics ;-) :

epp.eurostat.ec.europa.eu/statistics_explained/index.php/Urban_rankings

From around 2002 we are going in the right direction -> down.

Another partially useful statistics would be HDI:

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_Development_Index

There Poland is going up, wich is good in that case.

But in the meantime foreigners whining about rudeness of polish clerks and salesmans seems to be never ending story...

PS. Hm... the best statistics you can get will be from God :-) I mean if we could get number of Poles going to heaven every year vs those going to hell... that would definitely mean something ;-) Hm.. I wonder if it would fit with the result of presidential elections in Sunday ;-)
Seanus 15 | 19,716    
2 Jul 2010  #13
Look at Jarosław Kaczyński, the presidential candidate. What a model man ;) ;) ;)
chiasmos    
2 Jul 2010  #14
PS. Hm... the best statistics you can get will be from God :-) I mean if we could get number of Poles going to heaven every year vs those going to hell... that would definitely mean something ;-) Hm.. I wonder if it would fit with the result of presidential elections in Sunday ;-)

Indeed....let the candidate with the most votes in this world govern in this world, and the candidate with the most votes in the next world (the existence which must remain in doubt) govern in the next.:-)
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467    
2 Jul 2010  #15
Indeed, among the indicators of improvement or decline are such factors as the amount of crime, juvenile delinquency, family break-up, unemployment, suicide, vandalism, etc. On that basis individual countries can be compared in different periods of time (eg prewar and postwar, or PRL and post-PRl) and different countreis amongst each other.
jwojcie 2 | 763    
3 Jul 2010  #16
Interesting idea! My thinking was in slightly other direction: according to some church circles Komorowski equals pure evil and Kaczynski (as he once said) is pure good. So, as the priests should now such things, theoretically those who will vote for Kaczynski are those who will go to heaven and those who will vote for Komorowski are those who will go to hell. I think it will be the closest heaven vs hell statistics aproximation we could get in this year ;-)

[there could be noice in such data, because not surprisingly priests are supporting single man without kids with cat vs man with five children, I fell some corporation thinking here ;-) ]...

Err... sory Polonius3, I didn't want to ruin your thread, so to get back to more serious staff:

On that basis individual countries can be compared in different periods of time (eg prewar and postwar, or PRL and post-PRl) and different countreis amongst each other.

In my opinion it could be a problem, because what Poland did in recent years was unemployment export which softened social tensions in Poland but as world is looking for equilibrium it worsened statistics of others... Frankly much of Polish robbers chose greener lands... I would like to appologize to everyone affected...
chiasmos    
3 Jul 2010  #17
according to some church circles Komorowski equals pure evil and Kaczynski (as he once said) is pure good. So, as the priests should now such things, theoretically those who will vote for Kaczynski are those who will go to heaven and those who will vote for Komorowski are those who will go to hell. I think it will be the closest heaven vs hell statistics aproximation we could get in this year ;-)

I did guess this is what you were suggesting:-)

And with that in mind (brazenly showing my own cards)...

"[may] the candidate with the most votes in this world govern in this world, and the candidate with the most votes in the next world (the existence which must remain in doubt) govern in the next.:-)"
OP Polonius3 1,000 | 12,467    
3 Jul 2010  #18
II was thinking less of the country and its political structures than the average Pole, in other words how the changes have helped to shape attitudes. For instance, communism effectively encouraged theft because everything was state-owned, in other words it belonged to everybody so people had fewer qualms about helping themselves to things. A market economy clearly defines the concept of ownership. Charitable activates have clearly grown because communism first of all tried to hide its poverty and said the state would care for those down and outers, so Poles have become more charitable and that is a positive anti-selfish trait. These are only two examples but I think you'll get the general drift of what I had in mind.
jwojcie 2 | 763    
4 Jul 2010  #19
"[may] the candidate with the most votes in this world govern in this world, and the candidate with the most votes in the next world (the existence which must remain in doubt) govern in the next.:-)"

I needed two exciting games today and a couple of beers to understand and appreciate brilliance of your way of thinking :-) With that in mind I will open my cards: I would rather want Poles to be bad people ;-) We will see after tomorow finals ;-)
plk123 8 | 4,154    
4 Jul 2010  #20
lack of censorship

is that right?? hmmm

PM Tadeusz Mazowiecki was asked "Have we (Poles) improved?" , he said he wasn't that sure. What do you think?

i dunno either.. poles like to get at each other's throats like none other.. it definitely isn't helpful...

The concensus it that people are more materialistic and selfish now than during the communist times.

maybe but poles have always had a greedy streak in them and that is another thing that is not helpful in PL moving forward to its full potential.

A better Pole or human would be kinder, more honest, decent, generous, altruistic, modest, humble, hospitable, helpful, friendly and respectful and less envious, greedy, vindictive, mean, vicious, haughty, boastful, selfish, disrespectful and petty.

then i don't think that polish peeps got better..
AdamKadmon 2 | 508    
17 May 2014  #21
Five more years have passed. And now, after 25 years, there came a new way of looking at the past in Poland.

[polskieradio.pl/8/Audycja/9634] - A quarter of a century
[wyborcza.pl/1,137501,15976928,Jak_kusi_kasa__Spowiedz_liberala.html] - Confession of a Liberal


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