In 1967, Muhammad Ali was heavyweight champion of the world, and like thousands of others he was drafted into the US Army and ordered to fight in Vietnam. However, Ali believed war was wrong, a view he held firm.
The American government threatened to remove his title, even throw him in jail. They offered him the chance to be the Army’s figure head and avoid conflict, but still Ali refused, famously pronouncing, “I ain’t got no quarrel with the Vietcong.”
Ali accepted the loss of his title and wouldn’t fight for 3 years, a compromise that must have hit home. He had worked hard for his title. However, his aim “to be the greatest” and heavyweight champion of the world, would have been worthless had he sacrificed his values for it.
A meaningful life comes when we live with integrity and are clear and true to our values.