OK, so I'm checking the latest auto news (it's a hobby) and come across this article on hybrids and the 'metrospiritual'. I know what a 'metrosexual' is, but what's this 'metrospiritual' thing of which you speak? Click here to find out.
At first, it seems like just a trendy faddish sort of thing. But read the article and you find some interesting things. This caught my eye in particular:
Jim Twitchell, a professor of English at the University of Florida and author of many books about consumer culture, including "Adcult USA: The Triumph of Advertising in America" (1995), attributes the demand for luxury goods to a need for salvation or epiphany through consuming. Throughout history, Twitchell argues, "The primary deliverer of sensations was the church. That’s where you went to have an epiphany. … The sensations of luxury mirror the sensations of epiphany—the ability to give the consumer the sensation that I’ve come to the end of the line, I’m saved, I’m there, I don’t have to wrestle any more." The metrospiritual takes luxury-buying to a new level–reaching outward for connection to the planet and to each other.
That paragraph makes it sound basically like "eco-hedonism" (new term–you heard it here first!).