EBTV presents host Evita Ochel with special guest Paul K. Chappell – author, former military captain and leadership director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation.

The interview covers major topics from Paul’s book, Peaceful Revolution.

Specific topics covered include:

Topics covered in the video include:

  1. Paul shares about his personal journey and story. (2:35)

    • growing up in a military household
    • personal experience in the military as a soldier
  2. The fallacy of thinking that world peace is impossible and war is a natural part of life (4:40)

    • human beings are not naturally violent
    • military history
  3. The training and conditioning humans need to go through to be soldiers and be violent. (7:00)

    • our natural repulsion to violence and being violent
  4. What does it mean to be human. (9:25)

    • exploring the muscles of humanity
  5. The effects of being exposed to violence in childhood, on human beings. (11:55)

    • Paul’s personal experience with violence, bullying and oppression
    • how violence during childhood impacts us as adults
  6. The role of dehumanization in the continuation of war and violence. (14:05)

    • the essential ingredient of every war is dehumanization
    • the three types of distancing needed to participate in war
    • war propaganda
  7. The madness of attacking and killing one’s own species. (18:00)

    • examples from nature how intraspecies destruction is rare
    • the importance of cooperation and language within the human species
  8. Our societal obsession with violence in our entertainment choices. (20:30)

    • our biological hardwiring to observe violence
    • examples from nature in the predator and prey species
    • our obsessions with taboo or suppressed topics
    • repression of death in our society
    • participation in violence when it seems meaningful
    • the increasing shock value within our news and entertainment choices
  9. What “Peaceful Revolution” means. (29:00)

    • the change possible within the societal mindset
  10. Examples of our muscles of humanity that need to be exercised for world peace. (31:10)

    • the role of empathy in our evolution towards peace
  11. What message Paul would offer to the United Nations. (33:35)

  12. What message Paul would offer to young people interested in enlisting in the army. (34:20)

  13. Paul talks about the messages shared in his new, upcoming book “The Art of Waging Peace”. (37:47)

  14. What Paul recommends for every citizen to be a part of the solution, rather than part of the problem. (41:45)