Peaceful Revolution

“Everybody who cares about a better world should read Peaceful Revolution by warrior philosopher Paul K. Chappell. With cogent and inspiring writing, he teaches us how to heal the causes of violence, conflict, and injustice, and walk the road to peace. We urgently need the ideas in this book to penetrate the national marrow.”

—KIT MILLER, Director of the M.K. Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence


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PEACEFUL REVOLUTION: How We Can Create the Future Needed for Humanity’s Survival

PUBLICATION DATE

February 2012 (Easton Studio Press)

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FROM THE BACK COVER

If you think world peace is a naive concept, Paul K. Chappell’s very existence will give you pause. It’s not enough to say that Chappell—a West Point graduate and veteran of the Iraq War— is a soldier turned peace leader. Experiencing a traumatic upbringing and growing up mixed race in Alabama, he’s a young man forged by violence, rage, and racism into a living weapon for peace. By unlocking the mysteries of human nature, he shows how the muscles of hope, empathy, appreciation, conscience, reason, discipline, and curiosity give us the power to end the wars between countries, our ongoing war with nature, and the war in our hearts.


TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Great Question by General Douglas MacArthur

“The great question is: Can global war be outlawed from the world? … We must have sufficient imagination and courage to translate this universal wish for peace—which is rapidly becoming a universal necessity—into actuality.” —General Douglas MacArthur

Preface: Unlocking the Mysteries of Human Nature

Chapter One: The Muscle of Hope

Born Human / The Army’s Hope Training / How Realistic Hope Enables Human Survival / Surviving Trauma and Betrayal / Participation: A Higher Expression of Hope / Realistic Idealism: The Highest Expression of Hope / Fully Human / The Swan’s Journey

Chapter Two: The Muscle of Empathy

Warrior Philosophy / Empathy in War / The Many Faces of Dehumanization / Unconditional Love: A Higher Expression of Empathy / Solidarity: The Highest Expression of Empathy / The Jewel Within

Chapter Three: The Muscle of Appreciation

The Long Journey Home / The Joy of Perspective / Savoring: A Higher Expression of Appreciation / Stewardship: The Highest Expression of Appreciation / Remembering Prometheus

Chapter Four: The Muscle of Conscience

The Hunter That Never Sleeps / The Ultimate Survival Guide / How to Sell Oppression to the Masses / Conditioned Inequality / Superhumanization / Misinformation / The Hand of Justice: A Higher Expression of Conscience / Moral Fury: The Highest Expression of Conscience / Sour Grapes

Chapter Five: The Muscle of Reason

Summoning Death / The Psychological Oxygen for Rational Thinking / Questioning: A Higher Expression of Reason / Building: The Highest Expression of Reason / Frankenstein’s Monster

Chapter Six: The Muscle of Discipline

The War Within / Warrior Discipline / Self-Control: A Higher Expression of Discipline / Inner Freedom: The Highest Expression of Discipline / Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Chapter Seven: The Muscle of Curiosity

Madness and Redemption / My Drug of Choice / Adventure: A Higher Expression of Curiosity / Awe: The Highest Expression of Curiosity / The Rising Phoenix

Note on the book cover image: Sculpture of Eirene, the Greek Goddess of Peace


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