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 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 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 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 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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