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 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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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – The Muscle of Empathy

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (why empathy is the most powerful force in the world, how being loving allows us to be brave, the many faces of dehumanization, the power of unconditional love and solidarity, the difference between self-interest and community-interest, the ultimate sin in the military and what it reveals about the human condition, how empathy promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (what warrior philosophy can teach us about living well, how West Point’s philosophy of “cooperate and graduate” applies to other areas of life, how suffering can increase our empathy, how love is a skill and an art, cultivating strong friendships, strengthening our muscle of empathy)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (Gandhi’s realization that the warrior ideals must be channeled toward waging peace, the strategic power of empathy, seeing through the illusions of dehumanization, how war propaganda is like a magic trick, the role of love in creating a healthier society)

Keywords: dehumanization, empathy, human condition, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, racism, trauma, unconditional love, waging peace, war

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