Is anyone aware of the story of a Chinese farmer (A Taoist parable) who keeps saying "maybe" to every event (Good or bad) that happens to him because we don't know the consequences of those events in the future. My question is does that mean we can't celebrate when something good happens and we can't feel sad when something bad happens because we don't know where those events will lead us to in the future? Should we NOT react to anything? Isn't that kind of a Robotic way to live life?
It's quite the other way round.
Our habitual reactions are mechanical ie "robotic" and contribute a background din which actually dilutes and degrades the freshness of the experience
I take the farmer to be (represent) an enlightened being speaking to unenlightened folk. His laconic responses invite the others to a wider perspective
The deeper point of such stories is that we assume – without examination – that we are one when in fact we are fragmented. Intentionally making ourselves dual observer and observed is the (a) way out of robotic reactiveness to real unity
The Vedas often symbolically talk about our higher and lower self as two birds in one tree.
A small bird crimson-hue
Among great realms of green
Fed on their multitudinous fruit—
But in his dark eye flamed more keen
A hunger as from joy to joy
He moved the poignance of his beak,
And ever in his heart he wailed,
“Where hangs the marvelous fruit I seek?”
Then suddenly above his head
A searching gaze of grief he turned:
Lo, there upon topmost bough
A pride of golden plumage burned!
Lost in a dream no hunger broke,
This calm bird—aureoled, immense—
Sat motionless: all fruit he found
Within his own magnificence.
The watchful ravenor below
Felt his time-tortured passion cease,
And flying upward knew himself
One with that bird of golden peace.