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 7

Chapter 7 – Sailing the Night Sky

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and why we play games, our unique human throwing ability, the appeal of video games and sports, competition and cooperation, our human search for transcendence, the benefits and dark-side of technology, choosing the harder right over the easier wrong, choosing the easy path causes most of the injustice in the world, the importance of challenge for human development, understanding effective communication)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (why ideas can be imprisoned but not killed, insights for imprisoning the systems that sustain war, injustice, and environmental destruction, how increasing the clarity of communication can help us wage peace)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how the tendency to take the easy path can be seen not only in humans, but also in the natural world)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (gaining a deeper understanding of environmental destruction with a metaphor of Heracles, understanding how our war with nature causes us to war with ourselves)

Keywords: environment, human condition, nonviolence, sports, transcendence, truth, video games, waging peace, war

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 – The Three Forms of Deflection

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how social norms and laws affect people’s behavior, how racism has become less overt and more covert and the danger this creates, how racism today relies on stealth)

Literacy in the Art of Living (outsmarting violence, balancing truth with tact when expressing our views)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how the civil rights movement used the force of law to support their cause, how waging peace strives to transform hostile intentions into understanding and compassion, how waging peace creates new social norms and laws, what waging war and waging peace have in common, how waging peace relies on truth)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how the fundamental nature of war is not violence but deception, how none of our ideals can exist without the ideal of truth)

Keywords: martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, progress, racism, truth, waging peace

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 9

Chapter 9 – The Sword of Truth

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (examples of people who waged peace and perceived our shared humanity, how propaganda hides the truth of our shared humanity)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how myths sustain injustice, understanding the two methods of hiding the truth and how to overcome this, how waging peace can dispel the myths that sustain injustice, why harnessing truth is necessary for a nonviolent movement to be effective, why waging peace is mightier than violence, the strategic brilliance of waging peace, the strategic limitations of violence)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (the power of truth to overcome deception)

Keywords: nonviolence, progress, propaganda and manipulation, racism, truth, waging peace, war, women’s rights

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 10

Chapter 10 – The Power of Persuasion and Strategic Thinking

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (our human need for a worldview, how people can view an attack on their worldview as similar to an attack on their physical body, how to reduce people’s fear of and aggression toward new ideas, how love can motivate us to improve our country and world)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how to go beyond preaching to the choir, how to effectively frame a new idea while maintaining truth, how to tie a new idea into people’s existing worldview, understanding how loyalty and patriotism apply to waging peace, the need for leadership rather than “likership” in order to create positive change, the importance of strategic and tactical thinking, the four kinds of people every movement must interact with, the four strategies for moving people toward action, why violence within a movement is dangerous, the impact of appearance, the dehumanizing effect of covered faces, the advantages of discipline, an effective movement must be able to provide purpose and belonging, understanding grand strategy, the importance of providing hope)

Keywords: aggression, belonging, dehumanization, discipline, hope, leadership, nonviolence, progress, purpose and meaning, truth, waging peace, women’s rights

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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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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 – Preface

Preface – Unlocking the Mysteries of Human Nature

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (introduction to realistic hope)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (the author as a living example of progress, recognizing how far humanity has come and how much further we can go, how people have used truth to create positive change, how the warrior ethos applies to waging peace, introduction to dispelling the myths of war, the importance of confronting underlying problems rather than merely addressing surface symptoms, the need for skepticism when exploring peace, the dangers of cynicism, the women’s rights movement)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (the power of truth to overcome misinformation and deception)

Keywords: hope, nonviolence, progress, racism, truth, waging peace, war, women’s rights

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