I am going to play the Devil's advocate after re-listening to Tolle's "Geschwafel" in German about the Human Ego. Tolle has apparently eaten a dozen TM books for breakfast and is now regurgitating his half-digested philosophy (now being sold at your book store as enlightenment you can purchase with a credit card) as the "truth".
It is easy to be drawn in by his message when you have not read enough from Hegel, Schopenhauer, Jung or Nietzsche to see where he pulls some of his ideas. Still this condemning of the ego and the condemning of logical thought processes is something which is an essential tool for people gaining mind control over guru followers.
What worked for Hitler, Mao Tse Tung, Bill Wilson, Swami Prabhupada, and Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh is known mass group psychological control. One of the key elements all of these leaders used is to convince their followers and listeners that the ego is evil; the ego is destructive; the ego is self-defeating; and the ego (and egotistical thinking) must be eliminated in order to obtain pure happiness.
However egotistical thinking is something which biologically cannot be turned off so long you are conscious. The nirvana Tolle is hanging over his pyramid of bliss is unobtainable for living humans, since life is a series of change and every potential change is a potential conflict situation. Insofar he is right about injuries to the inner child occur when we don't get our way, but the hole in his philosophy is when you relinquish your ego and "just be", he fails to mention how others step in the vacuum your ego leaves and continue to change things, usually without your consent. That is how gurus get to be gurus. They convince you that wanting to control whatever you can in your world is not only futile, it is morally condemnable.
Think about it! You really haven't turned off your ego at all. You simply were convinced your struggle for controlling your world as best you can was “bad”, and decided to relinquish your control over your environment. Your ego was still intact all this time, because without it, you are not functional. You need an ego to decide you need to find yourself something to eat when you are hungry. What you actually relinquished was the desire to control the world around you, which allowed you to feel you were doing something positive by relinquishing this control, because Tolle told you thinking and being egotistical was “bad”.
Actually all your temporary relinquish of control did for you was to help you relax. Because this ego struggle Tolle is talking about is not ego, but the neurotic desire to control things in your life you really have no control over, which causes stress. Butr instead of coaching people to use their ego effecting, and desire to control only the things they can control and can change, Tolle chooses instead to condemn the ego, and suggests indirectly you should feel guilty for even caving into the urge of struggle once he has "enlightened" you.
The problem with this "thought good" of your ego and society's ego somehow being "wrong" and the key to unhappiness, is that you are biologically not set up give up struggling. If somebody attempts to strangle you, your ego will instruct your body to automatically resist and violently struggle against this violence (despite Tolle philosophy). You cannot relax and let your ego go.
Don't you find it strange how he spends so much time defining the ego, yet suddenly takes a quick foregone conclusional leap to assign egotism and logical thinking negative values? Are those your values or his values? If you review the entire history of mankind, it has been nothing but a series of change and struggle. Is the world suddenly ready to surrender it and celebrate Tolle’s Utopia? Were it not for struggle and change along with the thought processes involved, we would still be living in caves, dresses in animal skins like the Neandertalers.
It is remarkable of how many of them men whose names I mentioned above have all used the concept of the "great awakening". History shows that in reality all such awakening have actually all turned out to be mass somnambulism - "the great falling asleep", since surrendering your ego, will, and the ability to use common sense, is the next step to allow someone else you have lent power to think for you.
Conflict, pain, struggle and animosity are a part of your life like anyone else’s. These emotions are there to teach you lessons of how to cope with your world better. Call it the Creator's Master Design if you like. No, struggle and conflict are not pleasant, but in my opinion, what you really need is to find clever ways to deal with conflicts and stress; and you what you don't need is a guru named Tolle to tell you thinking, struggle, logic and wanting things for yourself (your ego) are bad. In the end, he isn't giving you a patent solution for how to deal with your personal problems. He is only convincing you to relinquish your self-control and buy his books.