The Old Master of the Central Yellow once said: the Heaven has 5 sides, the Earth has 5 directions, music has 5 tones, things have 5 tastes, the spectrum has 5 colors, the humans have 5 positions; that is why there are 25 kinds of people between the Heaven and Earth.
The highest five are the spirit people, the true people, the Dao people, the utter people, the sages;
Next are the possessors of De, the worthies, the wise, the kind, the discerning;
The middle ones are the fair, the loyal, the trustful, the dutiful, the ritualistic;
The lower ones are officials, workers, overseers, peasants, peddlers;
The lowest ones are the hoi-polloi, slaves, the stupid, the meat-lumps, the insignificant.
The highest ones are to the lowest ones as what humans are to cattle.
Of the highest ones:
The sages look with eyes, listen with ears, speak with the mouth, walk on feet;
but he true people do not look yet see, do not listen yet hear, do not walk yet go, do not speak yet are heard;
That is why -
the sages are the movers and the shakers of the Under Heaven, but the true people do not get involved in it;
the worthies improve the mores of the commoners, but the sages do not see to it.
This is what is called the Dao (of the sages and the true ones): to be nor behind nor in front, nor on the right nor on the left; letting all things to be in the Heavenly togetherness, without rights or wrongs.