Jonathan Livingstone Seagull is a book about a seagull who loves to fly, but for me as well as many others, its not just a book, its an unlimited idea of freedom. It’s a Bible for those who want to live life without limitations standing in their path, who strive to understand the invisible principle of life and who want to rise from ignorance to excellence and intelligence.
The book starts with Jonathan practicing glides and follows him through a journey of breaking limitations and understanding perfection. For Jonathan Livingstone Seagull learning about flight was more important than fighting for food. He was made an outcaste for being irresponsible but he continued his quest for knowledge.
After achieving excellence in flight he comes back to teach the flock of seagulls. He sees a reflection of himself in another outcaste, Fletcher Lynd Seagull, and becomes his instructor. Slowly he gets more students who are willing to learn the secrets of flying with perfection. One day a seagull, Kirk Maynard Gull, who was not able move his wings came to him. Jonathan gives Maynard the confidence that he can fly and he is free. Kirk Maynard learnt to fly at that very instant. The incident gave Jonathan the status of 'Son of the Great Gull' but he leaves the responsibilities of that flock with Fletcher Lynd and goes to spread his wisdom to another flock of seagulls.
The book gives us the message that we are free to go where we wish and be what we want. Its one of the best philosophical book written in the Seventy’s. The book encourages us to understand what we really are and find ourselves. It tells that we can overcome any limitation with patience and we all are an unlimited idea of freedom.