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review 2020-01-21 15:52
Ho hum...
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Russell Munson,Richard Bach

For all hoopla I heard about this book as a kid but never read it because I thought it was about a boy and that did not interest me much as a young girl, ha ha - this story turned out to be a disappointment, and a snooze of a read.

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review 2019-05-27 02:16
Jonathon Livingston Seagull, Richard Bach
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Russell Munson,Richard Bach

According to this book:
1. The point of life isn't merely mundane daily survival.
2. It's actually the pursuit of absolute freedom.
3. Sufficient freedom will give you magic powers.
4. This is because reality is just a projection of thought.


According to me:
1. OK - you can impose whatever purpose you want on your life.
2. Absolute freedom isn't possible. All societies are a trade-off between mutual benefits from working collectively and giving up freedoms that are harmful to others. Becoming an outcast isn't a solution; you still have to complete basic survival tasks and you're excluded from any social activity - you're not completely free to do what you want at all times.
3. No, it won't.
4. Because actually, reality is reality and no amount of practice will allow you to break the rules of reality.


Even taken (as probably intended) as a fable that exagerates in order to make it's message clear, it's still an unrealistic repetition of the survivor bias fallacy that if you persevere hard enough you can acheive your dreams, whatever they may be. The psychology goes like this: You've succeeded at something. You attribute this solely to your own efforts, ignoring all other possible contributing factors (e.g. privileged background, educational opportunity, patronage, physical appearance, etc, etc). You assume that the only reason others don't succeed is because they give up. So you tell everyone to pursue their dreams and persevere, like you did, because that's guaranteed to work.


This is of course, not possible; it's not anyone's dream to be a refuse collector, but all modern societies need them far more than some guy who flies small planes for a living, as you will know if your refuse collectors have ever gone on strike. We cannot all be artists or scientists or actors or astronauts and none of us could if all of us tried to be...society would collapse and we'd all starve, instead.

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review 2016-08-07 20:02
Bird's eye view
Jonathan Livingston Seagull - Russell Munson,Richard Bach

A very thought-provoking, though short book, JLS invites the reader to contemplate the potential tyranny of collective,taken-for-granted understanding and the value of mavericks, as a necessary challenge to the prevailing order. Bach poses a question for all of us about the price of conforming, weighed against being true to oneself. A book which can be read and enjoyed on several levels.

Source: www.goodreads.com/review/show/1521167302
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text 2014-08-27 17:40
Wednesday Wanderings

If you will practice being fictional for a while, you will understand that fictional characters are sometimes more real than people with bodies and heartbeats. - Richard Bach


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review 2014-08-10 00:00
Hypnotizing Maria
Hypnotizing Maria - Richard Bach Suggestion and affirmation -- whether positive or negative, be it from others or by oneself -- via cycles of repetition intensifies and forms a (self) belief system. As Henry Ford said: "Whether you think you can or you can't -- you are right!" Or as Francis of Assisi said, "Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible." You might also be interested in reading: 'Jonathan Livingston Seagull' and 'Illusions: The Adventures Of A Reluctant Messiah' by the same author.
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