Jonathan Livingston Seagull

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"Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight--how to get from shore to food and back again," writes author Richard Bach in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight."

Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes the story soar. Ultimately this is a fable about the importance of seeking a higher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe, or neighborhood finds your ambition threatening. (At one point our beloved gull is even banished from his flock.) By not compromising his higher vision, Jonathan gets the ultimate payoff: transcendence. Ultimately, he learns the meaning of love and kindness.

I read this book when I was a teenager, it set the stage for a life of searching for a higher purpose and today, almost 40 years later, my life is heaven on earth.

In Abraham Lincoln's words...

"All my life I have tried to pluck a thistle and plant a flower wherever the flower would grow in thought and mind." Abraham Lincoln

And M. Scott Peck's words...

"Abandon the urge to simplify everything, to look for formulas and easy answers, and to begin to think multidimensionally, to glory in the mystery and paradoxes of life, not to be dismayed by the multitude of causes and consequences that are inherent in each experience -- to appreciate the fact that life is complex." M. Scott Peck

People who make their own rules when they know they’re right…
people who get a special pleasure out of doing something well (even if only for themselves)…
people who know there’s more to this whole living thing than meets the eye: they’ll be with Jonathan Seagull all the way.

Others may simply escape into a delightful adventure about freedom and flight. Either way it’s an uncommon treat.

Жила на свете чайка, которой надоело «жить, чтобы есть». И чайка захотела научиться хотя бы летать лучше всех на свете. И научилась…

Но это был только первый шаг к совершенству.

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