The earth and the stars do not take sides—they are impartial. They regard all individuals as insignificant, as though they were playthings (drumsticks) made of wood.!The wise are also impartial; to them all people are equal and alike. The space between earth and the stars is like a bellows—it is empty but does not collapse; as it contracts, it creates. Gossips, by contrast, spew out words till they are empty, because they are not impartial.