I've been mulling this post over for some time before deciding to comment. I can't help feeling that the use of "sympathy with" in this context is slightly strange. In Camaysar's original post, he refers to a "spiritual connection" to the culture of Poland... am I the only one who thinks that "sympathy with" isn't the appropriate phrase?
To me, "sympathy" is shared between people. You might feel "empathy" toward a specific culture, but I'm not sure that you have "sympathy with" a culture.