Pescarusul Jonathan Livingston este, dupa Micul Print, cea mai citita parabola moderna. Nu, nu e important ca povestea vorbeste despre ordine si dezordine, despre conformism si disidenta, despre cardul care caraie si solitarul care tace si zboara. Nici relatia maestru-discipol despre care nu mai ramane aproape nimic de spus dupa ce citesti cartea nu e cel mai important lucru in aceasta istorie si nici exemplara lectie de libertate pe care o primim. Important este insa felul in care raspunde pescarusul Jonathan la nedumerirea tanarului sau prieten: “…Nu inteleg cum poti iubi un card de pasari care tocmai au incercat sa te ucida.” Cititi raspunsul pe care il primeste invatacelul si veti descoperi sensul parabolei si ceea ce e cu adevarat important in ea.
Cartea este dedicata “…adevaratului Pescarus Jonathan care traieste in noi toti”.
This is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules; a story that has inspired people for decades.For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food. However, Jonathan Livingston Seagull is no ordinary bird. For him, flying is life itself. Against the conventions of seagull society, he seeks to find a higher purpose and become the best at doing what he loves. This is a fable about the importance of making the most of our lives, even if our goals run contrary to the norms of our flock, tribe or neighbourhood. Through the metaphor of flight, Jonathan’s story shows us that, if we follow our dreams, we too can soar.
Most of us came along ever so slowly. We went from one world into another that was almost exactly like it, forgetting right away where we had come from, not caring where we were headed, living for the moment. Do you have any idea how many lives we must have gone through before we even got the first idea that there is more to life than eating, or fighting, or power in the Flock? A thousand lives, Jon, ten thousand! And then another hundred lives until we began to learn that there is such a thing as perfection, and another hundred again to get the idea that our purpose for living is to find that perfection and show it forth. The same rule holds for us now, of course: we choose our next world through what we learn in this one. Learn nothing, and the next world is the same as this one, all the same limitations and lead weights to overcome.
“you’ve got to understand that a seagull is an unlimited idea of freedom, an image of the Great Gull, and your whole body, from wingtip to wingtip, is nothing more than your thought itself.”
“You will begin to touch heaven, Jonathan, in the moment that you touch perfect speed. And that isn’t flying a thousand miles an hour, or a million, or flying at the speed of light. Because any number is a limit, and perfection doesn’t have limits. Perfect speed, my son, is being there.”