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 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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