The Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – A Dark Night Filled with Predators

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and trauma, the deception of dehumanization, love as a source of courage, the nature of aggression, human survival in the distant past and in the modern world, the importance of purpose and meaning, how trauma can cause alienation and rage, humanity’s natural inclination to have empathy for animals)

Literacy in the Art of Living (conflict is not necessarily destructive, seeing conflict as an opportunity)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (the strategic power of listening with empathy, increasing our empathy)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (extinction in nature and how humans in the past overcame this)

Keywords: aggression, conflict resolution, dehumanization, empathy, human condition, love, martial arts philosophy, purpose and meaning, rage, trauma, war

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The Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – Tools Made of Flesh, Blood, and Bones

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and our tool-making impulse, childhood trauma, our human ability to learn from many sources of wisdom, the reality of slavery, seeing with the vision of unconditional love, the power of empathy to unite us, divide and conquer strategy that suppresses our shared humanity, the movement for women’s equality, what it means to be gracious, how people in power “bomb” our empathy and suppress our shared humanity, propaganda and manipulation techniques, idolatrous identification vs. empathetic identification, understanding oppression, the nature of cruelty and brutality, dehumanization and distancing in war, how genocide is enabled, reverence for life, our human need for expression, the nature of aggression in the form of rage, understanding the conditions that create mass shooters and serial killers, the “art of monster making,” how small acts of kindness can change people’s lives)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how graciousness can improve conflict resolution)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (why the expansion of empathy is necessary for a strong movement)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (how the importance of expression and listening can be traced back to the Iliad)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Animals (what humans can learn from animals, the importance of not treating animals as tools)

Keywords: aggression, conflict resolution, dehumanization, empathy, human condition, nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, rage, slavery, trauma, unconditional love, waging peace, women’s rights

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The Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 – The Sanity of Humanity

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and the agony within us, transforming trauma into a teacher, what mythology and video games can teach us about trauma, the path to inner-healing, cultivating radical empathy, the power of truth, the commodification of life, positive and negative racial stereotypes, the causes of low self-worth, ways to praise and motivate people in leadership or parenting situations, what we can learn from the intersection between science, religion, and philosophy, understanding our human cravings)

Literacy in the Art of Living (coming to terms with trauma, the path to inner-healing)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (understanding our human craving for purpose, meaning, belonging, self-worth, etc. so that we can listen to people’s needs on a deeper level)

Keywords: belonging, empathy, human condition, leadership, martial arts philosophy, religion, science, self-worth, trauma, truth, unconditional love, video games

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – The Siren Song of Rage

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the trauma of racism, the human condition and berserker rage, trust and mistrust, trauma causing rage, being drunk with rage, the experience of cutting oneself, removing taboos around trauma)

Literacy in the Art of Living (understanding our own rage, beginning the process to convince our rage that we no longer need its protection)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (being able to listen to our internal universe so that we understand why our rage arises)

Keywords: aggression, bullying, human condition, racism, rage, trauma, war

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – The First Line of Defense

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and respect, how most human conflict is caused by people feeling disrespected, how feeling disrespected can cause aggression, the three elements of universal respect, how cultural differences can cause disrespect, speaking to people’s potential rather than talking down to them, the power of leading by example)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how conveying respect reduces and helps resolve conflict, cultivating respect in our lives, the importance of giving people the benefit of the doubt, how conveying respect makes us more effective leaders)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how conveying respect makes us more effective at waging peace, how conveying respect creates the foundation for moral authority)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (the power of listening with empathy)

Keywords: aggression, conflict resolution, empathy, human condition, leadership, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, unconditional love, waging peace

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 – The Power of Calm

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (why calm is so effective, why cultivating calm is an important part of being human, how calm and panic are contagious)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how hatred escalates conflict, how calm helps us resolve conflict, military leadership principle of “punish in private, praise in public,” three steps for calming people down, standing up for ourselves more effectively)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (using respect and calm to become more effective at waging peace, how Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. understood the power of respect and calm)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (how listening cultivates calm, using empathy and unconditional love to hear people on a deeper level and perceive our shared humanity)

Keywords: conflict resolution, empathy, leadership, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, unconditional love, waging peace

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The End of War – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – The Nature of Human Aggression

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (understanding the anatomy of aggression, how children are more vulnerable to trauma than adults, why aggression is not always violent, the difference between warning aggression and hostile aggression, how curiosity and empathy can melt aggression, the pain that breeds aggression, understanding nuclear weapons in the context of aggression)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the importance of using self-reflection to understand the causes of our aggression, using empathy to perceive the pain causing the aggression of others, the importance of remaining calm amidst conflict)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (understanding how aggression can result from fear of new ideas, understanding how aggressive nations resemble two lions trapped in a cage, why peaceful methods are needed to reduce aggression, the importance of language for resolving personal and international conflicts)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (using empathy to hear people on a deeper level)

Keywords: calm, conflict resolution, curiosity, empathy, human condition, nonviolence, nuclear weapons, trauma, waging peace, war

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