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Consumerist Religion: The Metrospiritual

Feet firmly planted in mid-air:

Do you go out of your way to buy organic food? Have you thought about the wu wei in your home? Have you tried yoga, belly-dancing, or surfing recently? Are you attracted to traditional crafts from other cultures or have you started knitting? Do you own a Prius or have you thought about buying a hybrid car? Are you a tea connoisseur or an organic wine- and beer-drinker? Is there a certain aromatherapy scent that brings you comfort, especially in candle form?

If most of your answers are yes, then count yourself among the growing numbers of metrospirituals — the kinder, gentler post-Yuppies who want to treat the earth and native cultures with respect, connect with their inner source and inspiration, test their bodies and expand their minds with ancient physical practices — and do it all with serious style.

Religion for the pampered, in other words. I want to feel good without subjecting myself to anything too strenuous. Religion as medication, basically.

What is metrospiritual? Here’s a handy chart to help you:

Wu wei
Indian yogi
Localized cuisine
Machu Picchu
Organic wine
Angelina Jolie
Home altar
Toyota hybrid
Whole Foods

Not Metrospiritual
Feng shui
Personal trainer
Nouvelle cuisine
Beaujolais Nouveau
Demi Moore
Sweat lodge
Ben & Jerry’s

In short, it is a doctrine of no doctrine. It isn’t what you believe, it’s what you buy. Fitting.

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