I read Richard’s bestseller Jonathan Livingston Seagull when it was first published back in the 70’s. I was in my teens and I so resonated with the material, not knowing (at least at a conscious level) that I was going to be a Jonathan Livingston Seagull. No wonder I’ve kept a copy ever since and brought it with me wherever else I found myself residing. It continues to be a valuable item in my personal library.
“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. The dreamy seagull photographs by Russell Munson provide just the right illustrations–although the overall packaging does seem a bit dated (keep in mind that it was first published in 1970). Nonetheless, this is a spirituality classic, and an especially engaging parable for adolescents. –Gail Hudson (from www.amazon.com Review)
Jonathan Livingston Seagull: A spirituality classic indeed!
To my fellow Jonathan Livingston Seagull‘s, let’s continue to follow our hearts and soar. And let’s dare to be different and even risk being rejected by our tribe, flock, society — if that’s what it means to make a difference!
To Richard Bach, thank you so much for your inspiring work. Sending you Love & Light, Peace & Joy, Namaste. You will be well and you are well!
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