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 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 5

Chapter 5 – Beauty and Belonging

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and physical appearance, our human craving for belonging, our human craving for self-worth, racism and appearance, empathy for outcasts, the causes of bullying, how alienation is the opposite of belonging, societal standards of beauty, the idea of radical empathy, how suffering can increase our empathy, commodified beauty vs. priceless beauty, seeing with the vision of unconditional love, the relationship between beauty and war)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the path toward inner-healing as symbolized by the author’s dream, how expanding our perception of beauty changes how we interact with people, animals, and our environment)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how racism, sexism, environmental destruction, and war are caused by deeper underlying problems, waging peace is not just about political action but transforming our perception, how expanding our perception of beauty helps us confront these underlying problems)

Keywords: belonging, bullying, empathy, human condition, nonviolence, racism, self-worth, unconditional love, waging peace, war

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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 2

Chapter 2 – The Siren Song of Rage

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the trauma of racism, the human condition and berserker rage, trust and mistrust, trauma causing rage, being drunk with rage, the experience of cutting oneself, removing taboos around trauma)

Literacy in the Art of Living (understanding our own rage, beginning the process to convince our rage that we no longer need its protection)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (being able to listen to our internal universe so that we understand why our rage arises)

Keywords: aggression, bullying, human condition, racism, rage, trauma, war

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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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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 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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