You can talk about patriotism without big words and pathos, said Anna Przedpełska-Trzeciakowska, a translator and nurse in the Warsaw Uprising, in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24. In turn, the historian and blogger Agnieszka Jankowiak-Maik emphasized that the differences in the approach to patriotism are influenced by generational differences and experiences that “on the one hand divide us so much, are distant in time, and on the other hand can beautifully connect us”.
The white and red flag was seen almost everywhere in Poland on Tuesday – on balconies, cars, buses and even on the beach in Międzyzdroje. On Flag Day, Anna Przedpełska-Trzeciakowska, an interpreter and nurse in the Warsaw Uprising, said in “Fakty po Faktach” on TVN24 that it was “very difficult” to talk about patriotism without big words and pathos. – But it is possible if you talk about facts, because it is very difficult to talk about general matters – she assessed.
– First of all, patriotism is service. It’s hard service to where he was born, which is his country, but I wouldn’t want to limit that. Patriotism is being a decent human being, she added.
An interpreter and nurse in the Warsaw Uprising emphasized that one of the most important issues is education and “the Republics will be like what their youth is brought up to.”
– That’s why I always carry my school badge with me, because it was school and my home that taught me patriotism, if patriotism can be taught at all. Today we say patriotism by paying taxes, but there comes a time when you have to risk more, not only your own wallet, she assessed.
Differences “can divide and combine beautifully”
In turn, the teacher and blogger Agnieszka Jankowiak-Maik pointed out that when she asks young people in class whether they are patriots or patriots, “it is not at all obvious that they answer immediately ‘yes'”. “Sometimes they even say no right away. It always puzzles me and I am looking deeper – she admitted.
– On the one hand, you can talk about patriotism as service, as a decent person, as an active citizen, but at the same time, when I show my young people documentary materials from, for example, the Warsaw Uprising during history lessons, they get tears in their eyes – she said.
Agnieszka Jankowiak-Maik admitted that her students “feel pride, fear and happiness that they can live in a free country”. – It depends on us how we will talk about this patriotism, but to reach young people today, big words alone are not enough and it is worth showing them that this patriotism can be closer, perhaps simpler, not always so obvious – she said.
The teacher pointed out that the approach to patriotism is influenced by generational differences and experiences that “on the one hand divide us so much, are distant in time, and on the other hand can beautifully connect us”.