A New Earth, by Eckhart Tolle: Key Takeaways, Analysis & Review Instaread summary
One out of five stars
This summary easily convinced me that I have no interest in reading the book by Tolle. All it took was to read some of the phrases of real psychobabble and I was sold in the negative sense. It starts with a sentence in the overview:
“In the twentieth century, ego-driven perceptions and an over-reliance on rationalism gave rise to massive dysfunction in society, with an unprecedented outbreak of war and mass violence.”
The author of that sentence has no sense of history, among others the Romans and the Huns under Attila completely stripped entire regions of their populations. There is nothing new or unprecedented about the wars of the twentieth century.
The nonsense continues under key takeaway three, where there are the sentences:
“One’s speech can further entrench ego-based perceptions and the illusory notion of selfhood. For example, when someone refers to their car as ‘my car,’ they unconsciously reinforce a sense of separation from the whole.”
What nonsense, to paraphrase Sigmund Freud, “Sometimes a car is just a car.”
My last example is the complete statement of key takeaway ten.
“One’s outer purpose, or how one chooses to direct one’s energy externally must always be connected to one’s inner purpose of heightened consciousness. This is known as the ‘awakened doing.’”
In my blunt opinion, this summary is psychobabble trying to explain psychobabble and it completely fails in the attempt.
This book was made available for free for review purposes