“Everything I did was according to my conscience. I wasn’t trying to be a leader. I just wanted to be free.” – Muhammad Ali (1942-2016)
In the end, Muhammad Ali wasn’t just the most important athlete of his time. And he wasn’t just a world-changing activist. He was even more than those things: he was a unified human being. His occupation was inseparable from his aspirations, his spiritual ideals inseparable from his worldly activities.
That’s an important lesson for any historical moment, and for this moment more than most.