The predominant theme in Jonathan Livingston Seagull is the struggle to be true to oneself, to achieve all one can and all one desires, using and developing personal gifts and abilities to their highest possible degree.
our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth...Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.
Having achieved this personal goal, one then has an obligation to share the accomplishment and the wisdom by becoming a mentor to others as they struggle to grow within themselves. Jonathan learns from Sully, learns more at a higher level from the Elder Gull Chiang, and even finds illustrations and new applications in his mentoring of Fletcher. The perfection of love and flight allows them to overlook the faults of others, focussing on helping them realize their potential.
You have to practice and see the real gull, the good in every one of them, and to help them see it in themselves. That's what I mean by love. It's fun, when you get the knack of it.
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