You've got to help me!
Can do. OK. So let's slow this down a bit.
I ... wait. How did you slow this down? Shouldn't I have hit the ground by now?
Your sensation of time's passage is less reliable than you think. Especially during surprising or traumatic events, things can happen very, very fast, or very, very slowly.
That rings a bell! When I first fell, everything did seem to be going much too fast.
Exactly. If things were moving slowly, you wouldn't have fallen. You'd have grabbed onto something, because it's idiotically simple to grab onto slow-moving things.
Let me show you. Is there like a tree branch or windowsill or something coming up from below you that you can grab?
There is a windowsill coming up.
Let me try, and ... WHOA!
Did everything get real fast all of a sudden?
Yes! My hands flapped against it like a kitten batting at yarn.
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A kitten would have done quite a bit better probably.
Yeah, see? Time's only going to be slow during moments of reflection. We'll only have a limited number of actions we can possibly take.
OK, so what do we do?
Can you hurry this up?
Oh, sorry. I put the kettle on.