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 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 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 5

Chapter 5 – The Three Forms of Deflection

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how social norms and laws affect people’s behavior, how racism has become less overt and more covert and the danger this creates, how racism today relies on stealth)

Literacy in the Art of Living (outsmarting violence, balancing truth with tact when expressing our views)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how the civil rights movement used the force of law to support their cause, how waging peace strives to transform hostile intentions into understanding and compassion, how waging peace creates new social norms and laws, what waging war and waging peace have in common, how waging peace relies on truth)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how the fundamental nature of war is not violence but deception, how none of our ideals can exist without the ideal of truth)

Keywords: martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, progress, racism, truth, 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 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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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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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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