I heard two sick jokes today about Lech Kaczynski.
This is what educated Poland thinks - they're embarrassed by the outpouring of emotion caused by the death of an embarrassing non-entity.
This is what educated Poland thinks?
What a complete and utter nonsense. I'm an electronics engineer, I speak four languages
and, believe it or not, I'm the least
educated person in my family (the closest family
anyway) and none of us shares the point of view of the people you mentioned.
They're also embarrassed by the agricultural sector
Polish agricultural sector is quite all right. If need be, we could feed 120 million people
(having 38 million population, I'd say we're quite safe as far as agriculture is concerned).
If your friends are from Warsaw then the chances of them having peasant roots
themselves are roughly 90-95% :)
They being ashamed of the Church sounds as ridiculous as me being ashamed
of the synchronic swimming section of UKS Wanda Poznań sports club :)
much of Polish literature ...
Invite them to this forum. We will gladly discuss Polish literature with them, in "Rozmowy
section, to find out what exactly they are ashamed of :)
When teh intellegentsia loses its heart, the country faces long-term decline.
Well, luckily, the people you mentioned are clearly NOT the members of Polish intelligentsia,
so no worries. Being educated does NOT automatically mean being a member of
intelligentsia (especially today when they give out university diplomas to anyone with
the intelligence only slightly higher than that of a bar stool).