THE BOOK REPORT: A New Earth by Eckhart Tolle
Enlightening? Perhaps. Ego-filled? Certainly. Too many ill-informed quotations of Sartre and Kant? Far too many for any serious philosophical student to take seriously. A New Earth, by spiritual teacher Eckhart Tolle, while a bestseller and Oprah Book Club favorite, it lacks the serious philosophical and metaphysical content for the book to be considered truly thought provoking and inspirational.
In his novel, Tolle discusses a solution to the ego-filled consciousness that plagues humanity today. He encourages people to go outside of the ego and to live in the present moment. To him, breaking free of the ego is a process of experiencing life only in its present moment. Overall, the book merely took ideas from great philosophers and put them in any easy to understand self-help book.