Photographer's Note

I have returned from a visit to my home country, Poland. As usually, on such occasion I tried not only to visit my family but also see some beautiful spots around the country. I apologize, I have not visited TrekEarth for several weeks now, being either on the road or simply very busy.

The very first picture from my trip presents Zamosc. It is an extraordinary town, which was founded by Jan Zamojski, exactly 440 years ago. The town was build in the middle of nowhere with an attempt to create an ideal (according to Renaissance standards) town. Even though Zamosc has a good connection with Warsaw, it is a great challenge to get there from my home town, the roads this direction are dreadful, but I am glad I did it.

These beautiful Armenian tenement houses in the central spot of Zamosc illustrate that Poland was once a multinational, multicultural and a tolerant country with wise leaders. Following trends from the west, political scene in Poland gets very much polarized. Political standards reach a new low level also there. I am glad that in some aspects politicians are strong enough to oppose the pressure from EU establishment, however there are some things which are not acceptable. Gay rights should not be treated as a “dangerous ideology” as stated by Polish president. I am quite ashamed of such statement. I believe gay pride parades bring in yet another color to the society similarly to processions organized by Catholic Church. People should respect each other no matter what their sexual or political preferences are. Having said that, being disrespectful does not seem to be a domain of one political side anymore.

Let me finish this note with a poem by Adam Asnyk (1838-1897) which I translated with Google Translate. If you like it, have also a look at a more poetic translation in the comment from Piotr.

To the young

Seek the truth of the bright flame!
Look for new, undiscovered roads ...
Behind every step into the secrets of creation
The human soul spreads more and more,
And God becomes greater!

Though you shake off the flowers of colorful myths,
Though you dispel the legendary darkness,
Though you strip away the fog of delusions from the blues,
Heavenly people will not run out of delight,
But their eyes can see further.

Each era has its own goals
And forgets about yesterday's dreams ...
Therefore bear the torch at the head of knowledge
And take a new share in the ages of work,
Raise the edifice of the future!

But don't trample on the altars past,
Though you are to elevate yourselves more perfect;
The holy fire still glows upon them,
And human love stands guard over there,
And you owe them honor!

With a world that is already darkening
With a rainbow of perfect dreams
Let true wisdom reconcile you -
And your stars, young conquerors,
In the dark they will go out again!

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