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Mao Zedong said, "Let one hundred flowers bloom, let a hundred schools of thought content." I'm only endorsing the sentiment here. The world needs BOTH Tolles' message and actions of social activists. While serving meals at a shelter or testifying before policy makers, one can be present to the moment and task he/she is engaged in... and perhaps be more compassionate or persuasive in the process. In meditation, one may discover the inspiration they need to put feet to their spiritual practice. If I may, Jesus went out alone to pray and be, AND Jesus powerfully helped those who were needy and had sharp words for the hypocrisy of those in power. For this time, it is Tolle's work to speak to many about their inner experience of discontent and how to work with it. Thich Nhat Hanh is a good example of a teacher and meditator who ACTS to improve the lives of impoverished childre.