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Life & Works of Captain (Retired) Paul K. Chappell "Peaceful Revolution"
Streaming Broadcast: July 12, 2012 (Original Broadcast February 2012)
Captain (Retired) Paul K. Chappell
Paul K. Chappell graduated from West Point in 2002.
He served in the army for seven years, was deployed to Baghdad in 2006, and left active duty in November 2009
as a Captain. He is the author of Will War Ever End?: A Soldier’s Vision of Peace for the 21st Century, The End
of War: How Waging Peace Can Save Humanity, Our Planet, and Our Future, and Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future
Needed for Humanity’s Survival (publication date: Feb 2012). He lives in Santa Barbara, California, where he is
serving as the Peace Leadership Director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation (www.wagingpeace.org). He is working
on his fourth book, The Art of Waging Peace: A Strategic Approach to Improving Our Lives and the World, and he speaks throughout
the country to colleges, high schools, veterans groups, churches, and activist organizations.
Will War Ever End?: A Soldier's Vision of Peace for the 21st
Waging Peace Documentary Trailer
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.
The Great Question by General Douglas MacArthur
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
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
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
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
"Captain Paul K. Chappell has given us a crucial
look at war and peace from the unique perspective of a soldier, and his new ideas show us why world peace is both necessary
and possible in the 21st century."
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
The End of war
“The End of War is another timeless
masterpiece, building upon Paul K. Chappell’s previous work with brilliant insight and lucid prose, in order to identify:
the root cause of war, the most difficult artform (living!), how to live and why to live, and a true “toolbox”
of skills and wisdom to begin the process of building a peaceful world.” – Lt. Col.
Dave Grossman, author of On Killing and On Combat, Director of the Warrior Science Group
Will War ever End?
Excerpt from the Foreword by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, author
of On Killing
The book you hold in your hand makes a powerful new contribution to our understanding of war and
peace, and provides us with vital insights into fundamental aspects of human nature. I sincerely believe that the fields
of philosophy, anthropology, history, military science, peace studies, and many others, will be able to build upon the concepts
set forth in this book in order to help guide our civilization toward a world without war.
A bold statement?
Perhaps. Read this book and see what you think.
As for me, I was consumed with an admiration
verging on awe when I first read this book. Paul K. Chappell’s concepts of fury, rage, and “the pain of hatred”
struck me with an almost physical impact. He has transformed my way of thinking about war and peace. And I believe (and
hope, and pray) that his powerful logic and lucid insights will continue to contribute to our civilization for generations
My book, On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society, is currently
being used as “required reading” in peace studies programs at Berkeley, and in Mennonite and Quaker colleges.
On Killing is also on the US Marine Corps Commandant’s “Required Reading List” and is required reading
at the FBI Academy and in courses at West Point. How do you make institutions as diverse as Berkeley, the FBI, the Quakers,
the US Army and the Marine Corps happy with the same book? The answer is: you just tell the truth. New truths. Powerful truths.
I freely and willingly take whatever credibility On Killing gives
me, and “put it on the line” to commend this book to your attention. For it has provided me with new, powerful,
and useful truths. This book has drawn from my work (and that of many others, for mine is but a small contribution) and
brought them to a deeper, more useful, and more important level…
There is, indeed,
good cause to hope for an end to war. And I believe, with all my heart, that in this book Paul K. Chappell has made a major
contribution toward that most worthy and noble endeavor.
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (ret.) has served
as an Airborne Ranger infantry officer and West Point psychology professor, and is the Director of the Warrior Science Group.
He is the author or co-author of several books, including On Killing, which was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.