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Robot Demonstrates “Who I would be without my Story”

Robots are a little scary, but they are also a great reference for “no story.” Watch the last 90 seconds of this video to see how a robot reacts when someone pushes it around.

I’m Not Suggesting You Become a Complete Robot

But it’s fascinating to consider.

In the video, the robot handler takes away the box that the robot is picking up. He also pushes the robot back, and even knocks it face down onto the floor.

Of course, he was trying to show off the ability of the robot to deal with adversity: “See how it re-balances? See how it adjusts? See how it picks itself up?”

If the Handler Had Done that to Me, He Would Have Had a Fight

I would have been angry the moment he moved the box away that I was trying to pick up. I would have felt insulted when he poked me in the chest with the hockey stick. I would have been furious when he knocked me on my face.

In other words, the difference between the robot and me is that I take it personally. Then I react in all the common ways of either attacking him, blaming myself, running away, etc.

But the robot has nothing to protect. There is no sense of “I” in the robot, so it is not insulted. It does not defend itself. It does not take it personally.

It does not do anything other than try to get back on its feet. That’s who I would be too without my story.

Have a great weekend,

“To live without a stressful story, to be a lover of what is, even in pain—that’s heaven. To be in pain and believe that you shouldn’t be in pain—that’s hell.” Byron Katie, A Thousand Names for Joy

Todd Smith has been doing The Work of Byron Katie on an almost daily basis since 2007. He is just as excited about this simple process of self-inquiry today as he was when he first came across it. He also enjoys writing about The Work, and training others in the subtleties of this meditative process. Join Todd for The Work 101 online course, private sessions, virtual retreats, and his ongoing Inquiry Circle group.