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 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 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 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 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 – 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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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 7

Chapter 7 – The Muscle of Curiosity

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how our natural human curiosity is repressed, the strength of curiosity and adventure, how curiosity promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (healing our psychological wounds, how books can help us strengthen our humanity, the power of philosophy, three stages of human life, combining the strength of childhood and adulthood)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (waging peace in the form of a peaceful revolution that confronts the root causes of our problems, the importance of changing our paradigm of understanding)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how every scientific discovery leads to deeper mystery, the deep mystery underlying reality)

Keywords: curiosity, empathy, nonviolence, progress, rage, trauma, truth, waging peace

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Will War Ever End? Outline

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (every army’s greatest problem, how armies build courage through unconditional love, why compassion is not a weak moral ideal, what the Medal of Honor reveals about human nature, the power of cooperation, how humans posture, the nature of fury and rage, how hatred is painful, why unconditional love is stronger than hatred, threats to human survival, the importance of understanding that humanity is not naturally violent, the dangers of self-fulfilling prophecy)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (introduction to the idea of waging peace, examples of people in history who waged peace, why we must wage peace to end war and abolish nuclear weapons, how violence has no creative power, how small groups of people have sparked immense change, why progress depends on transforming how people think)

Keywords: aggression, hope, human condition, nonviolence, nuclear weapons, progress, rage, unconditional love, waging peace, war

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