A man who views the world the same at fifty as he did at twenty has wasted thirty years of his life
Muhammad Ali spoke this quote when he was asked about something he had said in his youth. I think he was trying to say that, at the time, it was his worldview: how he felt and what he believed. His statement also said that he had changed in the intervening years, and no longer feels that way.
As a black growing up in the segregated South, he had plenty of experiences, both verbally and in person, of mean whites. I’m sure he also knew some nice ones as well, but until he spent significant time out of the South, he had only his experiences with the local Whites to base his opinions on.
However, as his fame and fortune grew, he traveled more and saw other parts of the country and the world, and found that there were good people in all colors and unkind ones as well. As his experiences grew, so did his view of others.
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