Public figures in the sphere of politics have special obligations during election campaigns. While the rest of us have the option to take a stand or refrain, public figures do not have this choice. Sure, they can speak out or stay silent, but even their silence is a statement. Anyway, leaders gotta lead.
For me, medicine is a double-edged word; while it hurls such obscure images of cold-bloodedness towards my face, it also motivates me to grow, to observe, and to learn so that I may be able to positively contribute--even if to an infinitesimal extent--toward overcoming this wrongdoing someway, somehow, someday.
He worked at Coca-Cola and believed strongly that his best information came from the men who drove the trucks, the ones who actually delivered to the grocery stores. Those trucks left promptly.... promptly at 6 AM each day. He wanted to chat with all of men before they left. He also wanted to have a full breakfast with all six of his children before he left.
I pray that I will be the kind of parent that enables my children to admit when they are wrong, accept responsibility, apologize sincerely and endure the consequences of their actions. This must be one of the most difficult tasks that I'll be faced with as a mom -- all I want to do is protect my babies and the instinct to defend them is fiercely strong.
In the end, Muhammad Ali wasn't just the most important athlete of his time. He was a unified human being. His occupation was inseparable from his aspirations, his spiritual ideals inseparable his worldly activities. That's an important lesson for any historical moment, and for this moment more than most.