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.
(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)