Many of us have the idea that every person can be or become perfect. However, this is an illusion. We strive to do things right and enjoy what we are doing, but we can get lost in the thought that we are better than the rest. This can send us into a downward spiral of resentment and jealousy.
Comparing ourselves with others is useless. Every person has experienced and experienced situations, feelings and thoughts that are different from those of others. Therefore the comparison is meaningless.
How far are we willing to go to not feel inferior to others? How do we confront the changes in our lives? Do we cultivate flexibility or do rigidity and unyielding structure dominate our lives?
When a change comes in our lives, be it in our job or in our social or personal lives, we need to be flexible enough to adapt without forgetting who we are. On the other hand, the consequences can become negative. This is what happens to the main character of this short film, from whom we can learn an important lesson.
When Subordination Occurs
At some point in our lives, we may feel “subordinate” to the other people around us. Maybe we’re going through a hurricane of change or we just realize that someone else has great skills and certain abilities that we don’t have.
This is what happens to the little robot in the movie, which is used in the beginning for his daily routine in which he feels comfortable and happy doing his tasks. Suddenly he is struck by the appearance of another robot, which is faster and has better abilities . As a result, our main character finds herself in a downward spiral of jealousy and resentment… What happens to him?
When we compare ourselves to others and see ourselves as “subordinate” or “worse”, we begin to doubt our abilities and skills. This doubt generates a total lack of self-confidence and damages our self-esteem.
There can be different consequences when we are faced with a situation like this. We can reach a state of defenselessness where we don’t believe we are capable of doing anything. This state of mind causes immobility and we tend to value ourselves and our values less. However, we can also try to overcome this and develop further so as not to lose sight of ourselves and not get off course.
The problem arises when we focus our energies on destroying others rather than improving ourselves. We can bring out that burning negative sense of subordination and try to disrupt or destroy what others are doing; their work, their attitudes and their relationships.
When motivated by envy and resentment, instead of learning a lesson about how to improve ourselves, we can focus on how to bring down what makes us feel inferior. In other words , our attention is focused outward rather than inward.
In this way we place the responsibility of our misery and the feeling of subordination on others, when in reality it is a perception that we have formed of ourselves. This important lesson is illustrated by what happens to our little robot in the movie.
Avoid breaking by being flexible
Whether or not we are caught in misfortune, resentment and jealousy; the only option we have is to learn how to be flexible and adaptable. Acceptance of a new situation or of other people’s skills and strengths is the beginning of our personal change.
The alternative is to take responsibility for what we feel and be aware that it is we who see us as “subordinate”, “better” or “worse”. We create our own filter through which we see the world and we base our actions on that filter. This can inevitably have a major impact on our level of self-esteem.
Feeling jealousy or resentment or thinking we need to dethrone others in order to overcome them are thoughts and feelings generated by our own insecurity. We ourselves sometimes make the enemy of others and create a struggle of suffering and lack of well-being in an attempt to replace them.
This is what happens to our little robot friend. Dominated by his own insecurity, he turns a situation of cooperation into a situation of competition due to his own rigidity, resentment and jealousy. This sets in motion its own demise…
Therefore, remember that you are only subservient if you see yourself this way and if you allow others to think of you that way. Remember that competing to put someone else down is never a good choice to be happy. Cooperating, collaborating and being flexible with a view to improvement can be the best option for improving ourselves and injecting creativity instead of destruction.
The story of this little robot teaches us this important and essential life lesson.