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 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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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – The First Line of Defense

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the human condition and respect, how most human conflict is caused by people feeling disrespected, how feeling disrespected can cause aggression, the three elements of universal respect, how cultural differences can cause disrespect, speaking to people’s potential rather than talking down to them, the power of leading by example)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how conveying respect reduces and helps resolve conflict, cultivating respect in our lives, the importance of giving people the benefit of the doubt, how conveying respect makes us more effective leaders)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how conveying respect makes us more effective at waging peace, how conveying respect creates the foundation for moral authority)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (the power of listening with empathy)

Keywords: aggression, conflict resolution, empathy, human condition, leadership, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, unconditional love, waging peace

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The Art of Waging Peace – Chapter 4

Chapter 4 – The Power of Calm

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (why calm is so effective, why cultivating calm is an important part of being human, how calm and panic are contagious)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how hatred escalates conflict, how calm helps us resolve conflict, military leadership principle of “punish in private, praise in public,” three steps for calming people down, standing up for ourselves more effectively)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (using respect and calm to become more effective at waging peace, how Frederick Douglass and Martin Luther King Jr. understood the power of respect and calm)

Literacy in the Art of Listening (how listening cultivates calm, using empathy and unconditional love to hear people on a deeper level and perceive our shared humanity)

Keywords: conflict resolution, empathy, leadership, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, unconditional love, waging peace

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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 2

Chapter 2 – The Muscle of Empathy

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (why empathy is the most powerful force in the world, how being loving allows us to be brave, the many faces of dehumanization, the power of unconditional love and solidarity, the difference between self-interest and community-interest, the ultimate sin in the military and what it reveals about the human condition, how empathy promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (what warrior philosophy can teach us about living well, how West Point’s philosophy of “cooperate and graduate” applies to other areas of life, how suffering can increase our empathy, how love is a skill and an art, cultivating strong friendships, strengthening our muscle of empathy)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (Gandhi’s realization that the warrior ideals must be channeled toward waging peace, the strategic power of empathy, seeing through the illusions of dehumanization, how war propaganda is like a magic trick, the role of love in creating a healthier society)

Keywords: dehumanization, empathy, human condition, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, propaganda and manipulation, racism, trauma, unconditional love, waging peace, war

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The End of War – Chapter 3

Chapter 3 – The Cure for Greed

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (how appreciation enables happiness, why appreciation always feels good, how appreciation is a healthier motivator than greed, how empathy and appreciation work together, how appreciation is like a muscle)

Literacy in the Art of Living (how appreciation improves our daily lives, strengthening our muscle of appreciation, the profound joys we often take for granted)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (freeing ourselves from the cross of iron that is war, how a strong muscle of appreciation encourages us to wage peace and protect our planet, the importance of ideological evolution for waging peace)

Literacy in the Nature of Reality (how appreciation allows us to recognize how little we are entitled to when reality is concerned, how appreciation allows us to recognize the reality of our interdependence)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (how appreciation creates a strong psychological foundation for protecting our planet)

Keywords: appreciation, empathy, environment, human condition, unconditional love, waging peace, war

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