Jonathan Livingston Seagull Do you follow you hearts and make your own rules...? Do you get special pleasure out of doing something well, even if it means only for yourself…? Do you feel that theres more to this living than doing what everyone else does…? Then let’s be right there with Jonathan, flying higher and faster than you’ve ever dreamed.
Jonathan Livingston SeagullLet’s get to know something about Sea Gulls... They move around in groups or “flocks” . Breakfast flock is what they are referred to as, in our story. They don’t bother about flying, the reason they fly is to eat. They live on leftovers from fishing boats and scavenge on small insects and crabs Their purpose is to live to eat and stay alive as long as possible. Most of all they try to remain popular with other birds, and act responsibly doing what every other gull does.
Jonathan Livingston SeagullWhat made Jon different… Knew that there is more to life than just eating... Loved to fly... spent his whole time experimenting with the art of flying Wanted to know all about what he can do in the air and cant... Set off alone far in the sea, hungry, happy learning. Learnt by failing, due to limitations of his body structure, but, kept up with his practice by modifying his moves, every time he failed. Delivered feats of flights with unmatched speed and control in the air which was unknown to the any sea gull ever.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Story in Part 1… Learning, Failing And More LearningDiscovery: "How much more there is now to living! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, theres a reason to life!We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly!"
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Story in Part 1… He is banished to Far Cliffs by an Elders Council for being “irresponsible” and voicing out - violating the dignity and tradition of the Gull Family. In the Far Cliffs he continues his learning… until he can fly no higher…He discovers that boredom and fear and anger are the reasons that a gulls life is so short, and with these gone from his thought, he lived a long fine life… Until one day, out of nowhere two radiant Gulls, masters of effortless flying appear and take him along to a higher place they called HOME.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Story in Part 2… Heaven or Not?Discovery:Here were gulls… only a few of them… who thought as he thought, For each of them, the most important thing in living was to reach out and touch perfection in that which they most loved to do, and that was to fly.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Story in Part 2… There is no such place as HeavenJon meets Chiang, an Elder Flock of the new world who explains to him …“Heaven is not a place, and it is not a time. Heaven is being perfect.“ "You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isnt flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light.Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesnt have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there."
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Story in Part 2… Perfection is beyond time and space "To fly as fast as thought, to anywhere that is, " Chiang said, "you must begin by knowing that you have already arrived ...“ Chiang disappears one day… After exhorting the learners never to stop their learningand their practicing and their striving to understand more of the perfect invisible principle of all life.Chiang’s last words to Jon were, "keep working on love…”
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Story in Part 3… Conclusion Homeward Bound with Kindness and love… With all the wisdom from Chiang the more Jonathan practiced his kindnesslessons, and the more he worked to know the nature of love, the more he wanted to go back to Earth. He couldnt help but think that there might be one or two gulls back on Earth who would be able to learn, too. How much more would he have known by now if Chiang had come to him on the day that he was Outcast!. On his arrival back on earth, the Far Cliffs had the young gulls like his former self… ready to receive his wisdom …
Jonathan Livingston Seagull Moral What does Flying depict in this story? Freedom / Wisdom What does part one of the story teach you? There is no limit to learning, There is no limit perfection What does the author want to say in Part 2? Here and Now -You are not limited in space and time And what is the concluding moral when Jon returns Home? Perfection is attained only when you know kindness and love, When you forgive and forget
Jonathan Livingston Seagull lives within us all…