Back in the now ancient 60’s, there was a musical, “Stop the World, I Want to Get Off!” The notable feature of it was that in the middle of a crisis scene, Littlechap, the protagonist, would call out. “STOP”, and everything but Littlechap would freeze while he would discuss the situation he was in, how he felt about it, how he wished it would go, and then, the scene would resume, he feeling he had gained or learned something in that pause (meditation- one of the songs from that play is the What Kind of Fool Am I number). It had a respectable run on Broadway, but the 1966(?) movie, which was the version I saw, went through faster than a sneeze.
How often in life have I wanted to call out ‘Stop! I need some time here to understand, to adjust-‘ but it never happens. The world keeps rolling on piling suffocating event after suffocating event upon us in a marathon of pain and confusion. That we survive this marathon is the thing for which we wish. That we do is because of our own and inner strength salted by the love with which we are surrounded.