I was at dinner the other night with other parents. All of us college educated. One of the Moms said she loved Oprah, yadda yadda, and I asked her if she was reading the latest Oprah bookclub selection, A New Earth.
She said no, that she didn't read them anymore because Oprah chose books that were too hard for her.
A bit of an exaggeration, but I thought, this is a good testament to Oprah. She doesn't dumb-down the books for her audience. Love in the Time of Cholera is an extremely challenging novel, even for us English majors.
And A New Earth isn't a novel at all. It could be categorized as a self-help book, but it's not quite that either. It's a tough read. It's a bit philosophy, a bit spirituality, a bit self-help, and I'm only on Chapter 4.
The author, Eckhart Tolle, is going to be teaching a class on the book online, and something like 50,000 people have already signed up.
And just what is the book about?
It's about human consciousness. What it is, how to access it more deeply, how to transcend the ego. Again, I'm just on Chapter 4.
Eckhart Tolle seems to be in the category of the Ken Wilber -- the prolific author and leader of the Integral Institute (who lives right here in Denver) who is shaping the theories of the evolution of human consciousness. (They'd probably both disagree with that characterization.)