Muhammad Ali Inspires Writers in Life and Death


June 16, 2016

Muhammad Ali Inspires Writers in Life and Death

One thought on “Muhammad Ali Inspires Writers in Life and Death

  1. I would like to draw a comparison with the other “fighter”, Bruce Lee.

    One died pretty young, one died pretty old.

    I wonder what Bruce Lee would have further achieved had he lived to 74, or that Muhammad Ali died at the peak of his career.

    Both men added an indefinable element of physical beauty in an area of human activity where an ugly, ferocious element of violence is the focus. Some people have suggested that it is better for a person like Bruce Lee to die young or at least at the peak of his physical beauty so that that is how he will eternally be remembered, (as in all his photographs and statues), and not a weak, stooping, frail old China man of 74. Though he did spout philosophy, albeit mostly in a martial context which guided generations of martial artists after him, Muhammad Ali spouted his fiery brand in a much wider context which inspired generations of social-political activists forever.

    Perhaps it is because Muhammad Ali died in a sad state of Parkinsonian dysfunction that the visual contrast with his strong, vigorous young self is all the more stark and perhaps cruelly more memorable as a timely reminder of man’s mortality.

    Whatever the contrast and comparison, both men went way beyond the traditionally narrow confine of their area of specialized activities and not only thought out of the box, (before it becomes fashionable), but practically exploded it and smashed our commonly held idea of a boorish, half-educated, inarticulate, muscled-bound fighting machine whose human worth diminishes the moment they step out of the ring or cinema reel.

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