Hi Stephen, I'm completely with you on the congruency! I can't stomach con artists of any kind nor would I come to the defense of one. But from what I've seen and my impressions of Tolle, I haven't seen anything out of alignment.
To me, being rich in and of itself can't be the thing that makes me second-guess a spiritual teacher. I've met extremely wealthy people who live normal lives and I've met extremely wealthy people who flaunt their wealth. But the truth is, at the end of the day - it's not any of my business how people make their money or what they spend it on. Although it's REAL hard not to have opinions sometimes.
And sheesh - don't even get me started on the NFL, haha... It's a sad industry that produces more problems than good.
At the end of the day, I'd rather give my money to someone who's making a difference, like Tolle, than an athlete or movie star who simply does their job. Even if he's not my cup of tea, I know he's made a great impact on others and I enjoy some of his teachings.
There are many topics here, it's very interesting. But my main issue with this article is like I mentioned, I believe there's prejudice towards spiritual teachers, preachers or people in these industries because our ideas of work and hierarchy and all kinds of stuff are messed up. I've come to the defense of more than one person I don't follow simply because we should reconsider WHY we judge others.
I'm guilty, too.
Thank you for the discussion! Always much to learn.