Matter out of place

Anthropologist Mary Douglas has a nice definition for dirt, saying it is “matter out of place.” A fried egg on the plate is fine, but a fried egg all over my hands is dirty. Hyde continues to say that dirt is always a byproduct of creating order: to create a place for things means that there will be situations where things will be out of place.

From this good piece on Louis C.K.

(Speaking of Louis CK, he made and sold a very funny comedy special, and he gave away most of the money it earned him. Read about it here, its inspiring stuff. And it’s a great show)