Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the bird determined to be more than ordinary, to have a reason for living. This is a story for people who follow their ... Show synopsis Jonathan Livingston Seagull, the bird determined to be more than ordinary, to have a reason for living. This is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules; it's inspired people for decades. Most gulls don't bother to learn more than the simplest facts of flight--how to get from shore to food and back again," writes author Richard Bach, in this allegory about a unique bird named Jonathan Livingston Seagull. "For most gulls it is not flying that matters, but eating. For this gull, though, it was not eating that mattered, but flight." Flight is indeed the metaphor that makes the story soar. Ultimately this is a fable about the importance of seeking a higher purpose in life, even if your flock, tribe or neighbourhood finds your ambition threatening. (At one point our beloved gull is even banished from his flock.) By not compromising his higher vision, Jonathan gets the ultimate pay-off: transcendence. Ultimately, he learns the meaning of love and kindness. The dreamy seagull photographs by Russell Munson provide just the right illustrations. This is a spirituality classic.