How many roads must a man walk down, before you call him a man? How many ears must one man have before he can hear people cry, and how many deaths will it take until he knows, that too many people have died?
Dylan highlighted a struggle within himself that many others including those of a different color were already all too aware of. How does a man, in this society, in this construct of America, in a modern world that's continually being redefined, reach this idealistic prominence? Does what it takes to be a man, still amount to what his father or grandfather understood it to be. Certainly an artist or song writer, or poet could be viewed differently than what we consider a stereotypical hardened "man" but he thinks and feels at a more connected intellectual level.
This internal struggle is then contrasted with a more real struggle you have at the time, with Chairman Mao and the Chinese people. U.S. government and Military leaders at the time also can be placed in this category of one man, not listening to the will or plight of the people.