Back to top January 2002 About PFA Piano Lesson Concert gnld

An excerpt from
Jonathan Livingston Seagull
by Richard Bach

@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 most gulls, it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight. More than anything else, Jonathan Livingston Seagull loved to fly.

@He spared no time that day for talk with other gulls, but few on past sunset. He discovered the loop, the slow roll, the point roll, the inverted spin, the gull bunt, pinwheel.

@When they hear of it, he thought, of the Breakthrough, they'll be wild with joy. How much more there is now to living ! Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there's 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 ! The years ahead hummed and glowed with promise.

But what awaited Jonathan was harsh criticism.
"You for your reckless irresponsibility violated the dignity and tradition of the Gull Family"
Eventually he was expelled from the gulls' society.

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