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 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 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 Cosmic Ocean – Chapter 8

Chapter 8 – The Mystery Beneath the Waves

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and our fascination with immortality, our human ability to perceive and cause the extinction of our species and most life on Earth, a more accurate understanding of our human needs than Maslow’s hierarchy, the importance of purpose and meaning, how war has a seductive scent and a traumatizing taste, inner-healing by changing the quality of our suffering, gaining purpose and meaning from trauma, our human search for transcendence, the power of unconditional love)

Literacy in the Art of Living (growing empathy, understanding, purpose, and meaning in the dark soil of suffering)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (choosing to protect our planet and fragile future)

Keywords: belonging, empathy, environment, human condition, meaning, purpose, religion, self-worth, transcendence, trauma, unconditional love, war

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