In the wake of the horrific massacre that took place in Norway last week, one famous voice has come forward to offer his condolences to the people of this Scandinavian country, and offer them hope as they try moving forward following the senseless deaths of 92 Norwegian citizens at the hand of Anders Behring Breivik.
Muhammad Ali, his body ravaged by Parkinson’s, penned a letter, with the aid of his wife, that was sent to the people of Norway on his behalf. In the letter, the former heavyweight champion expresses his sadness and grief about the killings that took place on July 22 in the capital city of Oslo and on the island of Utøya.
From the Associated Press…
In a letter to the people of Norway written under his name, the boxing great says his “heart goes out to each of you as you deal with the unimaginable grief of your loss.”
Ali wrote that the richness of diversity is something that makes the world a better place and that no one should fear multiculturalism. People, he said, have the same ideals no matter what religion or race they are.
“I see the same wishes for our children to have happy, healthy lives; I see the same concerns for others less fortunate than ourselves; I see the same desire for peace and dignity,” Ali said.
“The collective power of such individual proactive acts can have a tremendous aggregate impact and provide a lasting honor to those who are no longer able to take such action themselves,” Ali wrote.
While it’s true that Parkinson’s has robbed the boxing icon of his mobility, it can’t touch his mind or his indomitable spirit. This letter further proves that Muhammad Ali will forever be known as “The Greatest.”