In the 2nd article, “The Greatest at Rest,” it says, “He never stopped calling himself The Greatest, and he never stopped saying God is Great. He somehow reconciled with these assertions.”
This statement left an impression on me because it showed that even with his fame and glory he stuck with his religion which I find powerful. It’s so easy to get caught up in fame. Fame often results to drugs, insanity, anxiety, etc. But Muhammed Ali always turned to his religion which is really rare and I find it admirable. But at the same time this statement potentially makes him come off as conceded. Is he saying he is greater than God? For being such a religious man, this is odd.
I slightly lost respect for him after I read this because to hear about someone claiming they are greater than God is a weird, uncomfortable, and cocky statement. But when I read the other article, (“Cassius Clay, Cassius X, Muhammed Ali,” by Robert Lipsyte) I felt better about him. On page 1, Lipsyte tells a story of a news reporter confronting Ali.
“‘Hey Cassius!’ yelled a television cameraman.
‘The name is Muhammed Ali,’ mumbled the champion tiredly.
‘Okay, Ollie, okay, how about a little, ‘I’m the greatest, I’ll beat the Bear in two,’ huh?’
Ali stared at the cameraman and he mumbled: ‘Most of my campaigning was not really me. Now, I don’t have to talk like that…'”
This made me think, maybe he isn’t conceded after all? This comment he made about his campaigning not being him, made me really think about all of these famous people we look up to. (Or even the famous people we don’t look up to.) Every celebrity has an agent, a PR team, or something of the sort. They are often telling them what to do or say to win their crowds hearts. It makes me think about all the iconic quotes that were forced out of peoples mouths from their PR teams.