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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Peaceful Revolution – Chapter 5

Chapter 5 – The Muscle of Reason

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the psychological oxygen for rational thinking, how fear impairs rational thinking, understanding the multipurpose nature of reason, understanding reflex training, the universal human phobia, further evidence that human beings are not naturally violent, the benefits and dangers of technology, why arrogance and technology are a dangerous combination, how reason promotes action and ethical behavior)

Literacy in the Art of Living (the importance of questioning, how reason makes it harder for people to manipulate us, becoming more empathetic and rational)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (questioning the myths of war, appealing to people’s compassion and hope rather than their hatred and fear, why ideals are necessary to improve our world)

Literacy in Our Responsibility to Creation (understanding how the nuclear chariot threatens our planet, using reason to protect our planet)

Keywords: empathy, environment, hope, human condition, nonviolence, nuclear weapons, propaganda and manipulation, universal human phobia, waging peace, war