Adam Borowski

The mindset of glee

The terrible escalation in Israel has caught not just Israel, but the world, by surprise. While we have gotten used to jihad in Israel, what’s happening in Israel now is a dramatic deterioration of national security.

I’ve come across a video on social media showing a Palestinian singer praising Putin and singing about China invading Taiwan, Ukrainian women being forcibly married to Palestinians. I call that charming mindset – the mindset of glee. Schadenfreude sounds good too but it doesn’t have the same associations as the mindset of glee.

The mindset of glee is spreading across the world. The war isn’t just happening out there, it’s happening in our minds, too. If we let the mindset of glee win, then the world is going to turn into a terribly dark place straight out of a dystopian novel. In fact, that’s how I feel sometimes; like I’ve crossed over to some strange universe that should only exist in my novel.

In Poland, there are some strange people who say that Poland understands Palestinians because, as Polish people, we had to struggle for independence as well.

Comparing the Polish struggle for independence in the 19th century with what Hamas is doing today is total nonsense. Whoever writes such absurdities, must be either delusional, dumb, or deceitful (has an agenda). Maybe works as a paid Russian troll, who knows.

Let’s go back to the 19th century. Poland is wiped off the map. While on horseback, Emilia Plater bravely battled Russians in one of the Uprisings against the Russian Empire. She is just one of many Polish heroes. I’m sure she wasn’t riding around and killing Russian civilians left and right, or abducting them.

There are many cliche sayings in this world. When seeking revenge, dig two graves. The way I see it, revenge can be redemptive. Yes, dig two graves. For your enemy and for your hatred for the enemy when he is finally defeated, dead, or both. So cathartic, huh?

So, by all means, dig two graves. And try not to lose who you are in the process. Don’t let the mindset of glee take control of your mind.

When you look into the abyss, it stares right back at you.

But hey, you need to know darkness before uncovering your inner courage. Your inner light.

Whoever you are, wherever you live, don’t think for a second you’re safe from the terror madness. You can be the next target of terrorists who can castrate you and rape you just because they can.

We are all potential targets of psychopaths and psychos who feel more and more emboldened to act out their fantasies on other people, often people who have nothing to do with these maniacs. Just wrong place, wrong time. This is the world we live in.

I sometimes talk to people who say the government is going to do something.

No. You must protect yourself. The government is an abstract concept. Impersonal. The government won’t save you when a bunch of savages are shooting at your house, getting ready to abduct you who knows where and for what.

And no one knows it better than Israelis.

Pay attention, world. You’re next if the mindset of glee spreads – which, sadly, it likely will.

About the Author
Adam Borowski is a technical Polish-English translator with a background in international relations and a keen interest in understanding how regime propaganda brainwashes people so effectively. He's working on a novel the plot of which is set across multiple realities. In the novel, he explores the themes of God, identity, regimes, parallel universes, genocide and brainwashing. His Kyiv Post articles covering a wide range of issues can be found at
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