Jonathan Livingston Seagull

I just watched the movie from 1973 for the first time. It popped up on my Netflix Instant Watch. I couldn't sleep so movie time it was. I now realized that reading this book so early in my life inspired the principles so key to who I am. I identified with it then, and I identify now. I was probably 11 or 12. One book. Seeing the movie brought it all back. Jonathan one day becomes a teacher to the other free thinkers outcast from the rest of the flock. I am just in awe of how life comes full circle. Although Bach said the story line was changed and didn't stay true to the book, I really feel the theme did and the fact it was so beautifully made, especially in a time before big special effects.
From Wikipedia:

The novel tells the story of Jonathan Livingston Seagull, a seagull who is bored with the daily squabbles over food and seized by a passion for flight. He pushes himself, learning everything he can about flying, until finally his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion from his flock. An outcast, he continues to learn, becoming increasingly pleased with his abilities as he leads an idyllic life.

One day, Jonathan is met by two gulls who take him to a "higher plane of existence", where he meets other gulls who love to fly. He discovers that his sheer tenacity and desire to learn make him "a gull in a million". Jonathan befriends the wisest gull in this new place, named Chiang, who takes him beyond his previous learning, teaching him how to move instantaneously to anywhere else in the universe. The secret, Chiang says, is to "begin by knowing that you have already arrived".

Not satisfied with his new life, Jonathan returns to Earth to find others like him, to bring them his learning and to spread his love for flight. His mission is successful, gathering around him others who have been outlawed for not conforming.


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