Original interpretation . . .
Nature nurtures all things with the wholeness of complete virtue.
It shows the greatest and perfect kindness by giving life to let all things grow and accomplish them with the hastening of harvest.
Therefore, according to ancient custom, nature may seem unkind to regard all beings as a traditional straw dog for sacrifice.
And likewise with a saint, he may seem unkind to regard people as a traditional straw dog for sacrifice.
The space between heaven and earth is like the bellows, it appears empty yet it gives a supply that never fails;
The more it moves, the more it brings forth. Many words lead to exhaustion.
It is better to center on the true essence within.
My interpretation . . .
Creation, though seemingly ruthless at times, has a joyous plan for all living things.
There is a special plan for mankind, that once in place, will have made the moments of joy followed by the hours of sorrow that we now endure, well worth the struggle.
Do not the heavens breathe life onto this earth as well as withdraw it?
Quietly we stand in awe, listening for the Tao, as it breathes life onto this planet and into it’s inhabitants.