My impression of dirt is this: Earth didn't come into existence with dirt. Dirt is as much the product of the evolution of life on this planet as the life itself is. Indeed, a great portion of life on this planet wouldn't be possible without the detritus of previous life that learned to subsist and indeed GROW because it had dirt as a medium to grow IN.
Dirt is as common as ... well, dirt ... but there's an awful lot that wouldn't be here without it, including US.
Loren, it's funny to see this old post.
At least my attitude stays the same. it's not often I call that stuff "dirt". To me it's usually "soil".
If anything, I view the soil as the medium without which we wouldn't exist. Like you. Something to be nurtured and fed.