Jonathan Livingston Seagull
Flying high can be learned! It’s not easy for Jonathan, because
Most gulls don’t bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight – how to get from shore to food and back again. … For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.
This kind of thinking, he found, is not the way to make one’s self popular with other birds. Even his parents were dismayed …
This book has many vivid passages. And in the film with the same name, the ocean waves and the flight of birds have been beautifully captured.
In the middle part there are some confusing sentences that are supposed to be philosophical-esoteric. Perhaps the author was “taking off” in this part. Nevertheless, by and large: a pleasant and stimulating book.
Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? …
We choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.