“Heaven and Earth are without partiality”
Heaven and Earth, those two great cosmic constants, are without partiality, favouritism, bias or sentimentality. Whatever human feelings we might want to project onto them, all are illusion. Their actions are governed by concerns far more lofty and transcendental than our own. Heaven and Earth work mysteriously in concert, to their own agenda, always aspiring for the highest good.
This highest good has nothing to do with life or death, desires and wants. Such things are petty, human concerns – not the concerns of Heaven and Earth. Heaven and Earth understand that to give a being everything its wants seldom improves it. It is the calamities, challenges, and obstacles in life that give us the opportunity to raise ourselves to next level, filling in our deficiencies, and correcting our weaknesses.
This might make Heaven and Earth seem ruthless and cold to us. But, as a loving parent guides their child to pursue a course it will only be grateful for later, so Heaven and Earth continues to bombard us with curve balls, knowing we will be grateful later for helping us master our impeccable batting technique.