I have seen quite a few things in my life. That is why I cannot see any point in dramatizing the situation in which Poland found itself 25 years after regaining independence.
Some people claim that nothing good happened during this period, others say that we failed to seize the opportunities we had while entering the European Union, and there are also those who are convinced that Poland has changed over these years, it grew up and became a beautiful country. Poland also moved closer in standing to the countries and societies that are known for high standard of living and security. Poland of today has a great chance to develop; similar to the chance that had other countries that worked to overcome poverty and grave political, social and economic issues and which, through European Union, found an effective way to solve serious difficulties.
It is well known that Rome was not built in a day and therefore it is more important to work peacefully for a better future that we can create, as long as we are able to build not only the highways and stadiums, but also a responsible civil society. We cannot convert everything into financial benefits. As without higher values and without care for personal and social spiritual health, we will not create anything stable. Egoism and loss of moral sense leads to deep social fragmentation. We need to find an effective way for people to earn for living, maybe modest but a decent one. Because reasonable earnings bring people peace of mind and remove fear of the future. Expect more to come in the nearest future, as a lot has already happened and even more is to come.
I get the impression that after the events of 1989 that brought back freedom and independence, Poland is currently in a very important and difficult moment in history.
At that time we won our fight for significant human and social values, however, we face the necessity to adjust our political views on the shape and role of the state today, that should serve to a common interest and not just concern itself with which party wins the elections in order to impose on the society its vision of human and world.
It seems that in autumn, when we will have to choose our representatives to the Polish Parliament, Senate and other representative bodies we will have an enriched choice, which has already revealed during these elections. It is still in a project phase, but if the elections were today every third voter would have voted for candidates from political groups that have not taken part in ruling of the country so far. The success of such political groups, as we see, is quite possible today, and it may lead to a political earthquake and lead to a serious reconstruction of the political scene.
At the moment it is difficult to judge if there is any chance for creating a new, different and more efficient division of political forces or is it just another show, smokescreen and a proposal to fix Poland by people who have no qualifications to do so.
The results depend on the electorate, but we need to remember that there is a significant danger of manipulating the electorate by the parties, by the media and pressure groups run by elements who are always ready to organize support or protest demonstrations.
Anyway, without any doubts a very interesting, but difficult historic moment will come shortly. Personally, as always I am a moderate optimist and I wish all Poles the same attitude to these issues.
Text: Bp. Tadeusz Pieronek / pr-controlled.com ©
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