Friday, November 13, 2015
Eckhart Tolle Waffles about the Refugee Crisis in Europe
If you watch this video, you can see Tolle waffling about side issues:
It seems that he borrowed his methods from J Krishnamurti - exploring the leaves and branches from various angles but never getting to the root.
The question about what to do about the refugee crisis in Europe is just the presenting issue. We need to dig below the surface. Indeed, such questions can be rephrased as: “Here in the swamp, what should we do about X?” Obviously, the right response is to say, “First, get out of the swamp!”
If we follow a living enquiry approach the next logical question arises: “What is the swamp?”
Answer: The swamp is the idea that security and/or reliable happiness is found in such things as materialism or spirituality, when in reality, security is in good relationships and reliable happiness is innate to being. Europe, like the rest of the world, is shouting 24/7, “Happiness is in this or that,” so when refuges arrive and settle, they will do so for wrong reasons anyway. Europe is creating the problem by creating attractive illusions, and not working on the real issues.
The next natural question is: How do we get Europe to realise the innate happiness of being?
Answer: First, we need to show them that reliable happiness cannot be found in things that change. Then they will naturally look for that which doesn’t change.
The typical next response is to say, “Isn’t it unrealistic to get a whole continent to change?”
Answer: The reason things seem hard and unrealistic is that people keep saying it is. In reality, all we need is for each person to say yes to the obvious truth, then to pass it on and point out to the next person that objections are nothing but self-fulfilling prophecies.
Lastly, people will say, “Isn’t this a roundabout response to an immediate problem of refugees?”
Answer: No, it’s the direct response that ends the problem once and for all. If each person in turn takes a stand in the truth and in their innate goodwill, then all our problems would be solved. The current approach of falling into so-called commonsense stops you from digging below the surface to the real immediate issues.
Posted by Martin Gifford at 11:06 PM