Jonathan Livingston Seagull a story – Richard Bach
Richard Bach is a writer, pilot and author of three books on flying. He has edited a flying magazine and written more than a hundred magazine articles and stories. A former US Air Force pilot, he is now seldom without an aeroplane of his own.
Several publishers rejected this little ‘gem’ of a book and Richard,
much like his character Jonathan Livingston Seagull,
persevered until in 1970, Macmillan Publishers took a chance on him.
By the end of 1972, over a million copies were in print.
Long before the technological brainstorm of tweets, smses,
Face Book and other social networking,
this book was one of the first books classified
under ‘spiritual’ and ‘self help’.
It tells the timeless ideas about human potential.
Ray Bradbury writes of it:
“Richard Bach with this book does two things.
He gives me Flight.
He makes me Young.
For both I am deeply grateful.”
The book contains lovely black and white photographs
by Russell Munson, who started taking pictures of aeroplanes
as a child and has been involved with flying
and photography ever since.
Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird.
For him flying is life itself and he goes
against the conventions of ‘seagull society’
to seek a higher purpose and become best at doing what he loves.
This story is for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules,
it is a fable about the importance of making the most of our lives,
even if our goals run contrary to the
norms of our flock, tribe or neighbourhood.
(I took this little ‘Jonathan’ in Cape Town, South Africa at the magnificent Waterfront)
Through the metaphor of flight, Jonathan’s story shows us that,
if we follow our dreams, we too can soar!