Man is the symbol-using (symbol-making, symbol-misusing) animal, inventor of the negative (or moralized by the negative) separated from his natural condition by instruments of his own making, goaded by the spirit of hierarchy (or moved by the sense of order) and rotten with perfection.
— Kenneth Burke. I love this quote. It’s from his “Definition of Man” essay, printed in Language as Symbolic Action. He’s no easy read, but so worth it.