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 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 Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 – The Mystery Beneath the Waves

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and our fascination with immortality, our human ability to perceive and cause the extinction of our species and most life on Earth, a more accurate understanding of our human needs than Maslow’s hierarchy, the importance of purpose and meaning, how war has a seductive scent and a traumatizing taste, inner-healing by changing the quality of our suffering, gaining purpose and meaning from trauma, our human search for transcendence, the power of unconditional love)

Literacy in the Art of Living (growing empathy, understanding, purpose, and meaning in the dark soil of suffering)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (choosing to protect our planet and fragile future)

Keywords: belonging, empathy, environment, human condition, meaning, purpose, religion, self-worth, transcendence, trauma, unconditional love, war

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 12

Chapter 12 – The Underdog Journey

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how trauma puts us at war with ourselves, the self-destructive cycle of trauma, recruiting our trauma as an ally, the difference between suffering and trauma, the reality of slavery and the persistence of illegal slavery)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the path to inner-healing, using adversity to become stronger rather than hopeless and cynical)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (why our world needs peace warriors, how the highest warrior ideals apply to waging peace, why waging peace to solve our national and global problems is an underdog journey, how Martin Luther King Jr. compared the civil rights movement to an army, discipline as a warrior ideal needed for waging peace, King’s use of military metaphors to dispel the myth that nonviolence is passive, using the power of truth to wage peace, replacing the obsolete war system with a more effective peace system, the importance of perseverance for waging peace, making the world our masterpiece)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (protecting our world from environmental destruction and nuclear weapons)

Keywords: discipline, environment, hope, progress, nonviolence, nuclear weapons, rage, slavery, trauma, 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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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 – The Muscle of Reason

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the psychological oxygen for rational thinking, how fear impairs rational thinking, understanding the multipurpose nature of reason, understanding reflex training, the universal human phobia, further evidence that human beings are not naturally violent, the benefits and dangers of technology, why arrogance and technology are a dangerous combination, how reason promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the importance of questioning, how reason makes it harder for people to manipulate us, becoming more empathetic and rational)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (questioning the myths of war, appealing to people’s compassion and hope rather than their hatred and fear, why ideals are necessary to improve our world)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (understanding how the nuclear chariot threatens our planet, using reason to protect our planet)

Keywords: empathy, environment, hope, human condition, nonviolence, nuclear weapons, propaganda and manipulation, universal human phobia, waging peace, war

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The End of War – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – The Cure for Greed

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how appreciation enables happiness, why appreciation always feels good, how appreciation is a healthier motivator than greed, how empathy and appreciation work together, how appreciation is like a muscle)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how appreciation improves our daily lives, strengthening our muscle of appreciation, the profound joys we often take for granted)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (freeing ourselves from the cross of iron that is war, how a strong muscle of appreciation encourages us to wage peace and protect our planet, the importance of ideological evolution for waging peace)

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

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

Keywords: appreciation, empathy, environment, human condition, unconditional love, waging peace, war

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