Heaven and Earth are totally unbiased, says the TTC.
Makes sense, right? If a meteor slams into the Earth, it doesn't exactly care who or what it slams into. You could be super-nice or super-mean, and you still might get squished.
The sages take a cue from the Heaven and Earth and also think of people without bias.
In a famous line, the TTC tells us that the sages "regard people as straw dogs" (5.4).
Chinese history bomb: Back in the day, the Chinese used dog figurines made of straw in rituals. After the rituals, they ditched the straw dogs because they had no more meaning.
So the cynical way to interpret this line of the TTC is that people don't matter.
But another way of looking at it, which seems more in line with everything else, is that we should recognize that we only inhabit our physical bodies for a little while before everything we're made of goes on to become something else.
We're all just a part of the Tao, man!
Next, we're told that the space between Heaven and Earth is like a bellows, which is a thing blacksmiths used to use to blow air into their fires.
So even though the space between Heaven and Earth might look empty, it's always fanning the flames of creation.
This chapter also stresses the idea that too many words cause failure.
Nothing compares to silence.
Could this mean that talking too much doesn't allow us to recognize the Tao?