The older generation of the Polish left should also fight for their dreams of having grandchildren

The scolding of former Polishh president, Aleksander Kwaśniewski, for having the audacity to say he hopes to be a grandfather was a sad sight, writes Jacek Karnowski

editor: Grzegorz Adamczyk
author: Jacek Karnowski
Former President of Poland Aleksander Kwaśniewski. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

It has been a long time since I have seen such a sad scene after former left-wing Polish President Aleksander Kwaśniewski was scolded by an interviewer for saying he hoped he would have grandchildren despite his daughter insisting she does not want to become a mother.

In an interview on Polish commercial television TVN, Kwaśniewski was asked by the interviewer, Piotr Jacoń, how he felt about his daughter’s public declaration that she does not want to have children.

Kwaśniewski responded by saying that he hoped he would one day become a grandfather. The interviewer looked shocked and reprimanded the former head of state for questioning his daughter’s right to live in the way she wants to live.

Kwaśniewski’s daughter is a TV presenter and in a recent interview she declared she did not want to have children and was rather tired of constantly being questioned about the subject. The interviewer, Piotr Jacoń, is a journalist whose daughter has transitioned into becoming male. Jacoń recently took great offense at a satirical commentator asking him on screen, “What gender are you today?” He publicly condemned the satirist, with the unfortunate joker getting canceled in some social and professional circles. 

The former president was rather sheepish in response to Jacoń chastising him. He just said he had told the truth as he felt it, but did not argue with the interviewer’s assertion that he had no right to dream of having grandchildren.

This is a pity.

Remaining silent is tantamount to accepting the intolerance which is making debate in the West impossible. The politically correct mantra is that generations don’t have responsibilities toward each other. This is the road to young couples having pets instead of kids and for the elderly to end up in care homes. 

Jacoń’s view is that parents may not dream of having grandchildren, as this may upset their offspring, who may not want to have them. But what’s wrong with wanting to have the joy of having grandchildren and saying it?

The older generation of the left should have the courage to fight for its rights, such as the rights to want grandchildren and contribute to the raising of another generation. There is no need to succumb to lunatics, who want to push our civilization into nihilism. They should not have to suffer opprobrium from those whose own family relations have failed and who want to destroy the lives of others.

The road to singledom is one which always ends in tears and then loneliness. 

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