Nature is indifferent, respecting all creation as straw dogs.*
Wise men are indifferent,
respecting all that humans do as straw dogs.
The hollow between heaven and earth, how like a bellows it is:
empty, yet inexhaustible.
The more it empties, the more it gives.
Words fill space needlessly.
Hold fast to the center.
*straw dog: object of sacrifice, created with care solely
for that purpose, initially due the utmost deference and
reverence, later deliberately abandoned or destroyed.