May 17 2014 E.R.


Squeezed between "a rock, and a hard place"

Poland found her place, Primus inter Pares.

The latin term was once used in Poland, when the king did not inherit the title, but was chosen among knights and nobles. Chosen by his equals, "..first among Equals". Since then, various versions of the expression have surfaced, notably in George Orwells infamous 120 page book "Animal Farm" published in England on 17 August 1945 where the pigs declared that"...all animals are equal. Only some are a little more equal"

This polish ideal of equality did not go down well in most totalitarian regimes, notably the Soviet empire where it was forbidden before you could spell to "Gulag". The polish striving for freedom and democracy has been a guiding star through the centuries, even though the Polish nation simply disappeared from the map of Europe for 123 years from 1794.

There is a fine line between national identity based on the ideals we all proclaim to be sacrosanct in the west, and the raw nationalism used by whatever-powers-that-be to further their vested interests. National identity is based on knowledge and insight of past mistakes.

The latter is based on ignorance and thus the readiness to  make the same historical  mistakes all over again. In less diplomatic terms the inability to learn from  the past is usually referred to as stupidity.

On a personal note

Not being a jouralist frees me from the journalist's rule number one: to favour "facts over opinion" in the best investigative spirit. Thus I do take the liberty of failing glorously in this endevour while still sharing with you the view from here..

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