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 2

Chapter 2 – Poseidon’s Wrath

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and our need for explanations, humans as “freaks of the universe” who can feel outcast from nature, the struggle of being human, the reasons for animal sacrifice, the origins of religion and science, understanding superstition in life, war, and baseball, justifications for slavery and racism, humanity’s ability to choose)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the importance of increasing our empathy for our ancestors so that we better understand our modern struggles, gaining understanding through empathy)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (waging peace requires truth and hard work, using truth to resist propaganda and manipulation)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (seeing nature realistically rather than romanticizing nature, the challenges of living in an agricultural civilization, understanding the threats to our survival)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (using our human powers to protect our environment)

Keywords: empathy, environment, human condition, nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, racism, religion, science, slavery, truth, waging peace

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The Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 – Soldiers as Christ Figures

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and fear of violence, why people join the military, the impact of war on civilians, the universal human phobia, war propaganda, why people are afraid of terrorism, why soldiers fight in battle, the power of unconditional love, the madness of rage, war trauma, crying in war, the nature of Christ-figures in various cultures, the reality of slavery, how the religion of war transcends cultures, the reasons for human sacrifice, increasing our empathy for all human beings

Literacy in the Art of Living (our human craving for inspiration and the many ways we can be inspired, our human admiration of selflessness)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (understanding inaccurate modern media depictions of war, how the Iliad depicts war more realistically, using the power of truth to overcome the religion of war)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how unpredictable and harsh aspects of nature led to human sacrifice)

Keywords: empathy, human condition, nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, rage, religion, slavery, terrorism, trauma, truth, unconditional love, universal human phobia, waging peace, war

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The Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 – Sailing the Night Sky

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and why we play games, our unique human throwing ability, the appeal of video games and sports, competition and cooperation, our human search for transcendence, the benefits and dark-side of technology, choosing the harder right over the easier wrong, choosing the easy path causes most of the injustice in the world, the importance of challenge for human development, understanding effective communication)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (why ideas can be imprisoned but not killed, insights for imprisoning the systems that sustain war, injustice, and environmental destruction, how increasing the clarity of communication can help us wage peace)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how the tendency to take the easy path can be seen not only in humans, but also in the natural world)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (gaining a deeper understanding of environmental destruction with a metaphor of Heracles, understanding how our war with nature causes us to war with ourselves)

Keywords: environment, human condition, nonviolence, sports, transcendence, truth, video games, waging peace, war

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 – The Three Forms of Deflection

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how social norms and laws affect people’s behavior, how racism has become less overt and more covert and the danger this creates, how racism today relies on stealth)

Literacy in the Art of Living (outsmarting violence, balancing truth with tact when expressing our views)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how the civil rights movement used the force of law to support their cause, how waging peace strives to transform hostile intentions into understanding and compassion, how waging peace creates new social norms and laws, what waging war and waging peace have in common, how waging peace relies on truth)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how the fundamental nature of war is not violence but deception, how none of our ideals can exist without the ideal of truth)

Keywords: martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, progress, racism, truth, waging peace

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 – The Perilous Arrow

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (humanity’s “greater capacity for goodness” and “potential for evil”)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (the Gandhi myth, wielding the infinite shield, how nonviolence requires courage, an example of nonviolence protecting someone from a lethal threat)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (not being naive about the violence humans are capable of committing, understanding violence from a realistic and practical perspective rather than a moralistic viewpoint, the unpredictable nature of violence, the escalating nature of violence)

Keywords: aggression, human condition, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, respect, rage, trauma, waging peace

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 – The Master of Deception

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (human perceptions of war, how people in all cultures can be manipulated to support war, our human craving for peace)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (understanding how war misleads people with its deceptive beauty, seeing through the illusions of war, nonviolence as a more effective method than war)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (the deceptive nature of war, the strategic dangers of military expansion)

Keywords: nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, waging peace, war

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 9

Chapter 9 – The Sword of Truth

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (examples of people who waged peace and perceived our shared humanity, how propaganda hides the truth of our shared humanity)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how myths sustain injustice, understanding the two methods of hiding the truth and how to overcome this, how waging peace can dispel the myths that sustain injustice, why harnessing truth is necessary for a nonviolent movement to be effective, why waging peace is mightier than violence, the strategic brilliance of waging peace, the strategic limitations of violence)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (the power of truth to overcome deception)

Keywords: nonviolence, progress, propaganda and manipulation, racism, truth, waging peace, war, women’s rights

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Peaceful Revolution – Preface

Preface – Unlocking the Mysteries of Human Nature

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (introduction to realistic hope)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (the author as a living example of progress, recognizing how far humanity has come and how much further we can go, how people have used truth to create positive change, how the warrior ethos applies to waging peace, introduction to dispelling the myths of war, the importance of confronting underlying problems rather than merely addressing surface symptoms, the need for skepticism when exploring peace, the dangers of cynicism, the women’s rights movement)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (the power of truth to overcome misinformation and deception)

Keywords: hope, nonviolence, progress, racism, truth, waging peace, war, women’s rights

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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – The Muscle of Appreciation

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how appreciation enables happiness, how appreciation creates the foundation for stewardship, how humility is a vein in the muscle of appreciation, how appreciation promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how to broaden our perspective on life, how broadening our perspective on life can increase our appreciation and joy, reasons to be grateful that we often take for granted, how appreciation improves our daily lives)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how appreciation and a sense of stewardship can motivate us to wage peace, never taking for granted the progress that has happened, committing ourselves to continuing this progress)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how appreciation allows us to recognize how little we are entitled to when reality is concerned)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (how appreciation creates a strong psychological foundation for protecting our planet)

Keywords: appreciation, environment, human condition, nonviolence, progress, waging peace

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