The Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 – Beauty and Belonging

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and physical appearance, our human craving for belonging, our human craving for self-worth, racism and appearance, empathy for outcasts, the causes of bullying, how alienation is the opposite of belonging, societal standards of beauty, the idea of radical empathy, how suffering can increase our empathy, commodified beauty vs. priceless beauty, seeing with the vision of unconditional love, the relationship between beauty and war)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the path toward inner-healing as symbolized by the author’s dream, how expanding our perception of beauty changes how we interact with people, animals, and our environment)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how racism, sexism, environmental destruction, and war are caused by deeper underlying problems, waging peace is not just about political action but transforming our perception, how expanding our perception of beauty helps us confront these underlying problems)

Keywords: belonging, bullying, empathy, human condition, nonviolence, racism, self-worth, unconditional love, waging peace, war

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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 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 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