Thursday, April 06, 2006

The Only True Law

Speaking of Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach, here's one of my favorite quotes from the book:

He spoke of very simple things--that it is right for a gull to fly, that freedom is the very nature of his being, that whatever stands against that freedom must be set aside, be it ritual or superstition or limitation in any form."
"Set aside," came a voice from the multitude, "even if it be the Law of the Flock?"
"The only true law is that which leads to freedom," Jonoathan said. "There is no other."

Replace gulls with people, and flying with learning, the Flock with society, and you have unschooling in a nutshell. It is our very nature to learn in freedom, and to allow our children to do that, we have to be prepared to put all our former schoolish notions and the superstitions of society aside. The only true law is that which leads to freedom.

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