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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