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 Art of Waging Peace – Preface

Preface – The Three Forms of Change

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and the three forms of change, the reality of slavery, introduction to the language of trauma, seeing beyond our differences to perceive our shared humanity)

Literacy in the Art of Living (introduction to inner-healing)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how waging peace creates progress, the author as a living example of progress, how the three forms of change relate to waging peace, the movement for women’s equality, going beyond preaching to the choir, dispelling the misconception that peace is passive, a disciplined approach to peacemaking, the importance of studying war as doctors study illness)

Keywords: discipline, empathy, hope, human condition, nonviolence, progress, racism, slavery, trauma, waging peace, war, women’s rights

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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 9

Chapter 9 – The Sword of Truth

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (examples of people who waged peace and perceived our shared humanity, how propaganda hides the truth of our shared humanity)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how myths sustain injustice, understanding the two methods of hiding the truth and how to overcome this, how waging peace can dispel the myths that sustain injustice, why harnessing truth is necessary for a nonviolent movement to be effective, why waging peace is mightier than violence, the strategic brilliance of waging peace, the strategic limitations of violence)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (the power of truth to overcome deception)

Keywords: nonviolence, progress, propaganda and manipulation, racism, truth, waging peace, war, 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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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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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 12

Chapter 12 – The Underdog Journey

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how trauma puts us at war with ourselves, the self-destructive cycle of trauma, recruiting our trauma as an ally, the difference between suffering and trauma, the reality of slavery and the persistence of illegal slavery)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the path to inner-healing, using adversity to become stronger rather than hopeless and cynical)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (why our world needs peace warriors, how the highest warrior ideals apply to waging peace, why waging peace to solve our national and global problems is an underdog journey, how Martin Luther King Jr. compared the civil rights movement to an army, discipline as a warrior ideal needed for waging peace, King’s use of military metaphors to dispel the myth that nonviolence is passive, using the power of truth to wage peace, replacing the obsolete war system with a more effective peace system, the importance of perseverance for waging peace, making the world our masterpiece)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (protecting our world from environmental destruction and nuclear weapons)

Keywords: discipline, environment, hope, progress, nonviolence, nuclear weapons, rage, slavery, trauma, truth, waging peace, war, women’s rights

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Peaceful Revolution – Preface

Preface – Unlocking the Mysteries of Human Nature

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (introduction to realistic hope)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (the author as a living example of progress, recognizing how far humanity has come and how much further we can go, how people have used truth to create positive change, how the warrior ethos applies to waging peace, introduction to dispelling the myths of war, the importance of confronting underlying problems rather than merely addressing surface symptoms, the need for skepticism when exploring peace, the dangers of cynicism, the women’s rights movement)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (the power of truth to overcome misinformation and deception)

Keywords: hope, nonviolence, progress, racism, truth, waging peace, war, women’s rights

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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – The Muscle of Hope

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the importance of understanding what it means to be human, the human mind is both our greatest strength and greatest weakness, the difference between naive hope and realistic hope, the three forms of trust that create a foundation for realistic hope, how the three forms of trust require evidence and experience, the difference between naive idealism and realistic idealism, the struggle to become fully human, how hope promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (cultivating trust in our lives, surviving trauma and betrayal, how suffering can make us very bitter or very gentle, why living is the most difficult art-form, strengthening our muscle of hope)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (the need for realistic hope when waging peace, the dangers of naive hope, participation in waging peace as a higher expression of hope, peace is not passive but active, how peace is more than just the absence of war, the role of social movements in pressuring political systems, the importance of protecting the victories that have been gained for justice, why realistic idealism is needed to effectively wage peace)

Keywords: hope, human condition, nonviolence, progress, trauma, waging peace

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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – The Muscle of Appreciation

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how appreciation enables happiness, how appreciation creates the foundation for stewardship, how humility is a vein in the muscle of appreciation, how appreciation promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how to broaden our perspective on life, how broadening our perspective on life can increase our appreciation and joy, reasons to be grateful that we often take for granted, how appreciation improves our daily lives)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how appreciation and a sense of stewardship can motivate us to wage peace, never taking for granted the progress that has happened, committing ourselves to continuing this progress)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how appreciation allows us to recognize how little we are entitled to when reality is concerned)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (how appreciation creates a strong psychological foundation for protecting our planet)

Keywords: appreciation, environment, human condition, nonviolence, progress, waging peace

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