Dirt Appreciation is a way of making place portable by turning a place into an object.
Places are containers for memories and by packaging dirt from memorable places and labeling it with geospatial coordinates, a particular location can become an object that can transport a person to a particular memory. For instance, a dirt object can act as a portal to a childhood back yard.
In a human time-scale (years, decades, lifetimes), dirt is thought of as stable and fixed. But dirt is much older than human time-scale time lines can accommodate. In the human life-cycle, dirt is not a moving object. Human life-cycles are short-sighted - dirt is geologic and lives on a timescale that extends across vastness in the open-ended-ness of time as a whole. In dirt’s life-cycle it is a moving object.
Dirt has never had a single location that it calls home, geospatial coordinates are merely stamps in dirt’s passport describing part of its route through space and time. We like to think that our coordinate labels define dirt as a particular location - but in reality, when the timescale is adjusted for life-span, dirt is just as mobile as we are.
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