Something Most Of Us Didn’t Know About Muhammed Ali. Wow
This article is based on "The Time Muhammed Ali Talked A Jumper Off A Ledge". If you're interested in reading more, check out the link at the bottom of the article.
In January 1981, former heavyweight champion Muhammed Ali was walking down a street in Los Angeles with some friends when they encountered a startling situation. A young man was standing on the ledge of a building nine floors above Wilshire Boulevard, threatening to commit suicide.
The 39-year-old American boxer immediately ran to police to learn more about the situation. The hooded, young man was not responding to the police or the psychologist and minister that had been brought to convince him to step down. He was clearly distraught, repeatedly saying "I'm no good, I'm going to jump."
Ali was faced with a difficult decision: continue about his day and wonder if there's something he could have done to help, or take action. He chose the later. He volunteered to talk to the young man and the following was caught on camera as news crews arrived to document the situation.
Ali went to the 9th floor of the building and leaned out a window only a few feet away from the man. He called to him saying, "I'm your brother. I want to help you." The young man was shocked by Ali's appearance and seemed to actually listen to what he was saying. The man opened the fire door and allowed Ali to cross over to be on the ledge with him.
The two conversed quietly for approximately 20 minutes and the man began to weep. With Ali's help he finally stood up and moved back to the inside of the ledge. Shortly afterwards the man was taken to a psychiatric ward and Ali promised to visit him that week.
It goes to show that sometimes all we need is someone who's willing to listen.
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