Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – The Muscle of Hope

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the importance of understanding what it means to be human, the human mind is both our greatest strength and greatest weakness, the difference between naive hope and realistic hope, the three forms of trust that create a foundation for realistic hope, how the three forms of trust require evidence and experience, the difference between naive idealism and realistic idealism, the struggle to become fully human, how hope promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (cultivating trust in our lives, surviving trauma and betrayal, how suffering can make us very bitter or very gentle, why living is the most difficult art-form, strengthening our muscle of hope)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (the need for realistic hope when waging peace, the dangers of naive hope, participation in waging peace as a higher expression of hope, peace is not passive but active, how peace is more than just the absence of war, the role of social movements in pressuring political systems, the importance of protecting the victories that have been gained for justice, why realistic idealism is needed to effectively wage peace)

Keywords: hope, human condition, nonviolence, progress, trauma, waging peace