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 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 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 10

Chapter 10 – The Power of Persuasion and Strategic Thinking

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (our human need for a worldview, how people can view an attack on their worldview as similar to an attack on their physical body, how to reduce people’s fear of and aggression toward new ideas, how love can motivate us to improve our country and world)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how to go beyond preaching to the choir, how to effectively frame a new idea while maintaining truth, how to tie a new idea into people’s existing worldview, understanding how loyalty and patriotism apply to waging peace, the need for leadership rather than “likership” in order to create positive change, the importance of strategic and tactical thinking, the four kinds of people every movement must interact with, the four strategies for moving people toward action, why violence within a movement is dangerous, the impact of appearance, the dehumanizing effect of covered faces, the advantages of discipline, an effective movement must be able to provide purpose and belonging, understanding grand strategy, the importance of providing hope)

Keywords: aggression, belonging, dehumanization, discipline, hope, leadership, nonviolence, progress, purpose and meaning, truth, waging peace, women’s rights

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 11

Chapter 11 – How We Can Protect Our Country and Planet in the Twenty-first Century

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (what people have in common despite their different political views, similarities between the conservative and liberal worldviews, shattering stereotypes, how aggression can lead to recklessness, understanding how hypocrisy causes conflict not only on a personal but also international level)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how human attitudes have progressed, debunking the myths of war, understanding the strategic dangers and limitations of war, understanding American foreign policy and Osama bin Laden’s trap, understanding the economic harm caused by war, dispelling the illusions of propaganda, four steps to more effectively resolve international conflict, waging peace as part of a more effective security paradigm, transforming our war economy into a peace economy)

Keywords: aggression, conflict resolution, nonviolence, progress, propaganda and manipulation, terrorism, truth, waging peace, war

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Will War Ever End? Outline

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (every army’s greatest problem, how armies build courage through unconditional love, why compassion is not a weak moral ideal, what the Medal of Honor reveals about human nature, the power of cooperation, how humans posture, the nature of fury and rage, how hatred is painful, why unconditional love is stronger than hatred, threats to human survival, the importance of understanding that humanity is not naturally violent, the dangers of self-fulfilling prophecy)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (introduction to the idea of waging peace, examples of people in history who waged peace, why we must wage peace to end war and abolish nuclear weapons, how violence has no creative power, how small groups of people have sparked immense change, why progress depends on transforming how people think)

Keywords: aggression, hope, human condition, nonviolence, nuclear weapons, progress, rage, unconditional love, waging peace, war

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