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 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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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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