THE STORY OF JONATHAN LIVINGSTONE SEAGULL"Jonathan Livingston Seagull", written by Richard Bach, is the story of a seagull who is bored with the daily squabbles over food. Seized by a passion for flight, he pushes himself, learning everything he can about flying, until finally his unwillingness to conform results in his expulsion from his flock. An outcast, he continues to learn, becoming increasingly pleased with his abilities as he leads an idyllic life. One day, he is met by two gulls who take him to a "higher plane of existence" in that there is no heaven but a better world found through perfection of knowledge, where he meets other gulls who love to fly. Jonathan befriends the wisest gull in this new place, named Chiang, who takes him beyond his previous learning, teaching him how to move instantaneously to anywhere else in the Universe. The secret is to "begin by knowing that you have already arrived." Jonathan returns to Earth to find others like him, to bring them his learning and to spread his love for flight.