I have read 3 of Tolle's books and listened to Christa's interview. While Tolle understands the personal part of the spiritual journey, his responses to Christa questions regarding issues social justice fell flat. True, those who struggle with survival do not have “happiness” on their radar screen. However, because they are connected to each of us, those who risk starvation (the Global South) deserve our attention and resources. They have the right as human persons to have their basic needs met so they can contribute their gifts and have the opportunity to experience happiness too. Tolle never mentions this.
It is not enough that we are each transformed on the inside. Social inequalities are built into our political and governmental structures, our religious and educational institutions and laws. Laws need to be changed. People need to be educated. North Americans resist social justice (and like personal/private sprituality) for this very reason. Who benefits?
I do not know if Tolle is educated on issues of social justice (he doesn’t speak about it) but I do know this: spirituality that remains personal & private will not get us where we need to go – which is caring for those with no voice, those who are hungry, those at risk. "We are all really responsible for all."
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