Hors d'oeuvres # 013
Richard Bach Taugh Me How To Fly: What A Difficult Lesson!
Thanks to him, and the Grace of The Almighty, I continue flying!
César Augusto González Aguirre PhD
Jonathan Livingston Seagull A Story
This is a story for people who follow their dreams and make their own rules; a story that has inspired people for decades.
We should teach the aforesaid statement to our students always!
For most seagulls, life consists simply of eating and surviving. Flying is just a means of finding food.
If we follow-up the seagulls' rule: We are parasites!
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.
We must teach our student allegorically to fly. In fact, something like Willian Shatner metaphorically said:
"Space, the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before." Captain James T. Kirk
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 neighborhood. Through the metaphor of flight, Jonathan’s story shows us that, if we follow our dreams, we too can soar.
If everyone of our students read this book, we are propelling their lives, not only to fly as Jonathan Livington Seagulls, but also we are setting in motion their lives as real "Starfleets" able to reach their unknown limits!
"Richard Bach with this book does two things.
He gives me Flight.
He makes me Young.
For both I am deeply grateful."