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 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 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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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 1

Chapter 1 – The Labyrinth of Trauma

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and trauma, how the unconscious mind has no past, war’s hidden effects on children, the search for trust, how trauma is like a labyrinth, how children are more vulnerable to trauma than adults)

Literacy in the Art of Living (understanding trauma and the path to inner-healing)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how trauma from our past can inhibit our ability to wage peace, the importance of healing trauma to become more effective at waging peace)

Keywords: human condition, nonviolence, trauma, 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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