The Polish Family
The family in Poland is a micro version of the nation, a homogenous social entity. What is that like? It is the social situation in which family members are of the same ethnic background, same race, same religion. There is in that a great sense of solidarity, security and continuity. This is not to say that Polish families do not suffer from conflict between each other, or hardship or neglect. However, those sufferings are more easily overcome or at best understood as part of the experience of being Polish, being human, being a residue of social interaction between members that have free will, experience emotion in a place. The results even if unbalanced, or unfair for one is reconciled in the hindsight of being Polish. This time, I don't get my way but next time I might and in this respect Polishness will remain, it will continue ... in this I rest in my identity of who I am and am not. I am Polish, as is my father, mother, grandmother, grandfather, uncle, aunt, cousin, neighbor... I am part of something much bigger, something with definite boundaries, something absolute.
In this I am eternal.
Acts 17:24-28 " The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything; because, He Himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man He made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us. For in Him we live and move and have our being."