What will Muhammad Ali be most remembered for?
Muhammad Ali, the magnificent heavyweight champion whose fast fists and irrepressible personality transcended sports and captivated the world, has died according to a statement released by his family. He was 74. He was a legend in his sport and in life.
He will be remembered for many things including his defeat of Sonny Liston to obtain his first world title, his epic battles with Joe Frazer, regaining the title when he came out of prison for not fighting in Vietnam, and the "Thriller in Manilla" when he defeated George Foreman against all odds. Also his quick wit and mouth during his fighting days. A true champion.
I feel he will not only be remembered for his sporting skill and attitude but also as a reminder to never think you are invincible. Its impossible. You are human. You are not infallible. If someone doesn't try to annilihate you either literally or metaphorically your own body and age will dissolve you. Sadly. But that is our Fate. However in the meanwhile? Give yourself permission and acceptance to accept any highs in your life. But beware with the highs in life comes the downward cycle. When that happens? I feel just then "be" and "go gracefully".
As mentioned his dynamic personality and athletic prowess and power. I think his integrity and authenticity will be up there too. I always remember the infamous "Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee". I think that now is in the annals of history.
I remember him as a Great Fighter.
A brilliant orator
A good role model for Muslims
An honest, and humorous celebrity.
Someone that fought for what he thought was right.
What a difficult one, Ralph. Perhaps the answer is yet to come. Let's see what happens on Friday.
You know we have a petition here in the UK for him to get a Knighthood. When I last looked and signed, it was about 30, 000. In a way, I think it's very slow. Perhaps now that he's died it will speed up, only problem being I don't know if they give this posthumously.
Four Americans apparently got the honour. Kevin Spacey being one of them. I really like the guy and he is a great actor. I also think he deserves the knighthood. Still, in keeping with your question, Mohammed Ali is truly in a different class. Much superior!
I tend to agree with Foreman who says that to think of him as a Boxer is an insult to the man. He was one of the most remarkable men of the last and present Century. The Indians call these people Vibhuti's, I believe. Great Souls specially sent my God.
America has been blessed with quite a few, funny enough. George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, Martin Luther King Jnr,, Emerson, Jesse Owens ...in India, Gandhi and in South Africa Mandela. In Russia Gorbachev .... Gandhi was a lawyer as was Mandela, but that's not what they were known for.
So we see that Greatness is something entirely different. Not a Usain Bolt or a Phelps but perhaps a Carl Lewis or Rosa Parks. What made them great? In a way, this is your question really. They came at the right time, worked with a soulfully selfless attitude, in a spirit of sacrifice, identification with their causes and an indomitable will.
This kind of courage, a willingness to see the larger picture, to struggle... to die for your cause. We see this in Mandela, Gandhi, Lincoln, Martin Luther Jnr and indeed in Ali himself.
They were all luminaries, visionaries, excelled not only in greatness but goodness, graciousness and humility, with a tremendous belief in the capacity of man. They also reached out to and inspired the world in such a way as few perhaps could or even now can.
Finally, Mohammed Ali met my Spiritual Teacher 3 times, I believe. The depth, beauty and loftiness of their conversations, are a joy to behold! I hope that someone truly cover his generous and magnanimous Heart ...his spiritual side. Much Love, Ralph. The King is gone!. Long Live the King in the Hearts and minds of many!
I didn't realize there was so much to Mohammed Ali. Forgive my restricted viewing of him. Personally I don't think Kevin Spacey should have been given a Knighthood; and I think no for Mohammed Ali too. Do I need to redefine my understanding of Khood?
I don't think so. Not really sure what it means to tell you the truth. Done by the elite. I know so many good and great who did not get the Nobel Peace Prize. They give it to those who lobby them; very political people. Another one to think about.
What Muhammad Ali will most be remembered for will probably hinge on the age group you ask. For those who are older it may be his stance against the Vietnam War. For those who are younger it may be his greatest fights, which one can watch on YouTube or read about. For those in the middle they may focus on some of his humanitarian works. That being said now that Ali has passed on I think more about his life will be shared and people will get to know more about this man. However, in the end he will most likely be known for being one of the greatest fighters of all-time. The man may have done a lot of good and bad in his life. However, he was larger than life in the ring and during his press conferences. It is in this realm that he will always be remembered.
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