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 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 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 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 7

Chapter 7 – West Point and World Peace

Literacy in Our Shared Humanity (the role of education in developing our humanity, the form of leadership that human beings respond best to across cultures, practical reasons to treat people with respect and empathy)

Literacy in the Art of Living (West Point’s lessons for effective leadership that apply to all forms of leadership, the importance of leading by example, why trust matters, how to cultivate loyalty in leadership situations)

Literacy in the Art of Waging Peace (how Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. emulated leadership principles that are taught in the military, how these leadership principles can strengthen a movement, the importance of shattering stereotypes, learning from General Douglas MacArthur’s understanding of war and peace)

Keywords: empathy, leadership, martial arts philosophy, nonviolence, waging peace, war

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