The Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – Poseidon’s Wrath

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and our need for explanations, humans as “freaks of the universe” who can feel outcast from nature, the struggle of being human, the reasons for animal sacrifice, the origins of religion and science, understanding superstition in life, war, and baseball, justifications for slavery and racism, humanity’s ability to choose)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the importance of increasing our empathy for our ancestors so that we better understand our modern struggles, gaining understanding through empathy)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (waging peace requires truth and hard work, using truth to resist propaganda and manipulation)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (seeing nature realistically rather than romanticizing nature, the challenges of living in an agricultural civilization, understanding the threats to our survival)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (using our human powers to protect our environment)

Keywords: empathy, environment, human condition, nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, racism, religion, science, slavery, truth, waging peace

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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 Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 – Soldiers as Christ Figures

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and fear of violence, why people join the military, the impact of war on civilians, the universal human phobia, war propaganda, why people are afraid of terrorism, why soldiers fight in battle, the power of unconditional love, the madness of rage, war trauma, crying in war, the nature of Christ-figures in various cultures, the reality of slavery, how the religion of war transcends cultures, the reasons for human sacrifice, increasing our empathy for all human beings

Literacy in the Art of Living (our human craving for inspiration and the many ways we can be inspired, our human admiration of selflessness)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (understanding inaccurate modern media depictions of war, how the Iliad depicts war more realistically, using the power of truth to overcome the religion of war)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how unpredictable and harsh aspects of nature led to human sacrifice)

Keywords: empathy, human condition, nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, rage, religion, slavery, terrorism, trauma, truth, unconditional love, universal human phobia, waging peace, war

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 – The Master of Deception

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (human perceptions of war, how people in all cultures can be manipulated to support war, our human craving for peace)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (understanding how war misleads people with its deceptive beauty, seeing through the illusions of war, nonviolence as a more effective method than war)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (the deceptive nature of war, the strategic dangers of military expansion)

Keywords: nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, waging peace, war

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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 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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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 4

Chapter 4 – The Muscle of Conscience

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (why our conscience is vital for human survival, how intelligence is the great equalizer, how the human conscience can be impaired, the pressure of resentment, our human need to rationalize and justify our actions, how people use mental gymnastics to deceive their conscience, why conscience requires self-awareness, the nature of moral fury, how apathy can result from helplessness, how conscience promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the importance of looking in the mirror of conscience for our own self-development and the improvement of our world, the importance of self-awareness)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how half-truths are more dangerous than outright lies, the power of stories and art to humanize people, understanding how oppression is sold to the masses, how moral fury can motivate us to wage peace)

Keywords: conscience, empathy, human condition, nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, self-worth, slavery, truth, waging peace, war

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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 – The Muscle of Reason

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the psychological oxygen for rational thinking, how fear impairs rational thinking, understanding the multipurpose nature of reason, understanding reflex training, the universal human phobia, further evidence that human beings are not naturally violent, the benefits and dangers of technology, why arrogance and technology are a dangerous combination, how reason promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the importance of questioning, how reason makes it harder for people to manipulate us, becoming more empathetic and rational)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (questioning the myths of war, appealing to people’s compassion and hope rather than their hatred and fear, why ideals are necessary to improve our world)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (understanding how the nuclear chariot threatens our planet, using reason to protect our planet)

Keywords: empathy, environment, hope, human condition, nonviolence, nuclear weapons, propaganda and manipulation, universal human phobia, waging peace, war

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The End of War – Chapter 1

Chapter 1 – The Path to Light

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (our human relationship to society, our human struggle for warmth and light, the dangers of not questioning)

Literacy in the Art of Living (Plato’s Cave as a tool for distinguishing truth from illusion, the importance of freeing ourselves from ignorance and manipulation)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how the road to peace does not travel in a straight line, how all progress results from new ideas that change how people think, harnessing the power of ideas, questioning the illusions of war)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (understanding the nature of ideas, understanding the nature of ignorance and manipulation, how human societies resemble the metaphor of Plato’s Cave)

Keywords: human condition, nonviolence, nuclear weapons, progress, propaganda and manipulation, truth, waging peace, war

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