Dirt…

… is one of those value-laden terms that is so entrenched in our culture, we are not even aware of the value it is laden with. Most of the time. We sometimes use it as an insult, to deride someone or something. For example…

“You are dirt! Get out of my house and take your catapult with you!”

We also say…

“There is dirt on my shoe/ chair/ carpet/ window/ doorstep/ hat/ phone/ catapult!”

But what is dirt?

What is its scientific definition, its physical composition?

It is nothing. It is mud, ash, bits of food, fluff, slime, mould, leaves, dead insects, dried sweat, a greasy residue, old flaky paint, rust, tar, sand…

Anything that is dirt is not dirt until we say it is. It is perception.

But what if we inverted our perception? What if we relished, celebrated, delighted in the mud, ash, bits of food, fluff, slime, mould, leaves, dead insects, dried sweat, greasy residue, old flaky paint, rust, tar, sand that we found on our shoe, chair, carpet, window, doorstep, hat, phone, catapult? Would this not be a healthy and joyous celebration of the chaotic, messy, entropic world upon which we reside?

I say it would!

Dirt is all around us!

Dirt is the substance and essence of life!

Everybody repeat after me…

Dirt is not a dirty word!

And so on and so forth.

Advertisements

2 comments on “Dirt…

  1. Baekho says:

    Dirt is not a dirty word! 😀

    This reminds me of a passage from the Zhuangzi, where the idiosyncratic sage doesn’t hesitate to associate the sacred with substances even “lower” than dirt:

    Master Tung-kuo asked Zhuang, “This thing called the Way – where does it exist?”
    Zhuang said, “There is no place it does not exist.”
    “Come, said master Tung-kuo, you must be more specific.”
    “It is in the ant.”
    “As low a thing as that?”
    “It is in the panic grass”
    “But that is lower still.”
    “It is in the tiles and shards.”
    “How can it be so low?”
    “It is in the piss and shit.”
    At this Tung-kuo had nothing more to say.

  2. pepsoid says:

    “Dirt is sacred”… which is obviously the culmination of what trying to say! 😉

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s