Homan has commented on this blog in the past, comments that I thought were insightful, but at the same time knew little about her or the backstory.
I recently ran across the below linked article and believe it is a tale of survival and the “keep punchin’ ” philosophy I adhere to – don’t quit, if you can’t beat them straight up then outlast them.
Some times it may be easier to throw the towel in, to just give up and accept whatever comes your way – you may or may not like her style but I love a fighter who says in the face of adversity enough is enough and keeps getting up.
Life is for living, not submission, you either stand or bow and crawl – no one owns the world or it’s resources, and no one by birth, position, or ethnicity is better than anyone else.
The wealthiest are no more entitled than the poorest, nor the intellectual as opposed to the illiterate or less learned.
“Civilization” has a long history of being anything but civilized – more wars and deaths have resulted from religious differences than any other reason and I don’t give a damn what religion it is, that is the bare naked truth of it.
Classism and caste systems are a global reality as Homan points out- poverty is seen to be a personal fault and the impoverished members of a lepers colony to perhaps be “pitied” from a distance for fear of contamination, and alternately blamed for being a burden.
Throw just enough money at them to keep the lid on, to maintain the level of poverty and insure a corporate and employers dreams of a cheap easily manipulated work force.
Trillions in national debt, hundreds of billions on defense and foreign wars- free education, free medical, free everything following the invasion of another country under the aegis of “nation building” but not so here as that would be socialism and dramatically alter the landscape.
Trade agreements that destroy jobs, enrich the wealthy, and fortify the gap between the haves and have nots.
Homan speaks of herself at times as being too old, and yet demonstrates that no one is ever too old to raise their voice, never too old to attempt to pay forward what they have be it large or small, never too old to continue striving – I think there’s a lesson in that people should take to heart.
But this blog isn’t just about Jacqueline Homan – it’s about every disenfranchised man, woman, and child in poverty – every woman among our nations or any nation who has been a victim of human trafficking in any form.
The most generous people I have ever know are those with the least – it’s easy to give when you have more than you need, but not so easy when you don’t, or to give in the midst of your own need.
I think Homan would do well to keep kicking ass and taking names, and I’m inclined to believe she will.
Keep punchin’ and be well Jacqueline S. Homan