The Cosmic Ocean – Preface

Preface – The Human Condition

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (trauma as a teacher, the impact of war on children, the complexity of interracial identity, the reality of slavery, the importance of purpose and meaning, how leaders can effectively motivate people, dispelling misconceptions about happiness)

Literacy in the Art of Living (introduction to finding purpose and meaning in life)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (introduction to the power of waging peace, the author as a living example of progress, realistic hope, the movement for women’s equality)

Keywords: hope, human condition, leadership, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, progress, purpose and meaning, racism, slavery, trauma, waging peace, war, women’s rights

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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 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 4

Chapter 4 – The Power of Calm

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (why calm is so effective, why cultivating calm is an important part of being human, how calm and panic are contagious)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how hatred escalates conflict, how calm helps us resolve conflict, military leadership principle of “punish in private, praise in public,” three steps for calming people down, standing up for ourselves more effectively)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (using respect and calm to become more effective at waging peace, how Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. understood the power of respect and calm)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (how listening cultivates calm, using empathy and unconditional love to hear people on a deeper level and perceive our shared humanity)

Keywords: conflict resolution, empathy, leadership, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, unconditional love, waging peace

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 – West Point and World Peace

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the role of education in developing our humanity, the form of leadership that human beings respond best to across cultures, practical reasons to treat people with respect and empathy)

Literacy in the Art of Living (West Point’s lessons for effective leadership that apply to all forms of leadership, the importance of leading by example, why trust matters, how to cultivate loyalty in leadership situations)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. emulated leadership principles that are taught in the military, how these leadership principles can strengthen a movement, the importance of shattering stereotypes, learning from General Douglas MacArthur’s understanding of war and peace)

Keywords: empathy, leadership, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, waging peace, 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

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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 6

Chapter 6 – The Muscle of Discipline

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the pain of rage, violence as a form of expression, how suffering can be a curse and a blessing, how rage can short-circuit conscience, empathy, and reason, what martial arts and Sun Tzu teach us about the power of discipline and the danger of losing our temper, how self-control improves cooperation, how discipline promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how discipline helps us succeed in any endeavor, the benefits of self-control and inner-freedom, how short-term sacrifices can produce long-term rewards, the importance of discipline for leadership, resisting temptation)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (why waging peace requires discipline, how self-control can help us solve our national and global problems, a disciplined approach to peacemaking)

Keywords: discipline, empathy, human condition, leadership, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, rage, trauma, waging peace

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