Pope Benedict XVI has just concluded a visit to Poland, where he exhorted Poles to spread their Christian faith throughout the world. Poland these days is one of those epicenters of world history, along with Palestine and China, where future history is being shaped. In contrast with Poland, we observe nations such as America, Germany, and France, the rotting carcasses of history.
Recent history verifies the vision of German philosopher Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803), who viewed nations as collectives of individuals united by language, history, and culture. Herder predicted that Europe’s future would be determined by Slavs. Europe is dying, having rejected the Christian faith upon which its history was built. The future of Europe belongs to a new superpower, the union of Poland and Ukraine.
In early May of this year the presidents of Ukraine and Poland met in a Polish village to commemorate the slaughter of Poles and Ukrainians during and after the Second World War, when waves of ethnic cleansing resulted in mass murders of ethnic Poles and Ukrainians. The history of Polish-Ukrainian relations in the twentieth century is complicated, and each side might seem justified in maintaining its national antagonism. Yet the recent efforts to reconcile Ukrainians and Poles are encouraging, in that each side has pledged to forget past conflicts and to work towards reconciliation.
Poles have been distinguished by their often naive idealism. An example is seen with Polish King Jan Sobieski, who dashed to Vienna with his army in 1683 to defeat the Turks, thus saving Europe from a Turkish onslaught. A century later Austria participated in the partition of Poland, which resulted in the demise of Poland as a political state. In view of subsequent Polish history, Poles could hardly praise Sobieski’s idealism and sacrifices for Vienna. Yet idealism, however impractical, is the virtue of the Poles, evident in their staunch Catholicism. Drowning today in a sea of consumerism, materialism and relativism, Europe knows no idealism.
The idea of nationalism is not much compatible with a “union of nations,” though that is, in fact, what Poland achieved in uniting with Lithuania in the sixteenth century. And now Poland and Ukraine are poised to unite as “brother nations,” as the presidents of each nation have addressed each other recently on several occasions.
The virtue of the Ukrainians is their fervent Eastern Christianity, combined with a deep attachment to their native folk culture. It is Europe’s Center and East, Poland and Ukraine, areas spared the glut of materialistic modernity, which will ultimately save Europe, though this event represents one of the bizarre twists of history. As Western Europe dies, a new “primitive,” folkish strength emerges from Central and Eastern Europe.
The possible union of Ukraine and Poland will mean the unification and reconciliation of two Slav nations of similar language, history, culture, and religious sensibility. Such a union would also mark the reconciliation of Western and Eastern Christianity. Ukraine will become the center of a Ukrainian patriarchate which unifies the Orthodox and Greek Catholics and is in communion with both the Pope of Rome and the Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople. The declaration of that union will be a time of rejoicing and the anticipation of the endtimes.
I am always struck in Poland or in Ukraine by the absence of qualities found in the other country. The Union of Ukraine and Poland will represent a type of utopia on earth for those inclined to the Christian gospel. The Union of Poland and Ukraine will initiate a new stage of world history.
The centers of power are shifting in the world. China emerges as a new, potentially dangerous power as America, Germany, and France are reduced to Third World Status. Russia and Iran are dominated by reactionary regimes, which are, however, rightly opposed to the evil of the Israeli-American alliance. The center of world conflicts remains Palestine, where a racist, ethnocentric state persecutes the autochthonous population. In Europe, the center of political focus shifts eastward, as a powerful Christian nation will emerge in a new union of Poland and Ukraine.
Vosnesinnja Hospodne 2006
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