It's one of those things where you feel like you got slightly dumber just by watching it. Really, how hard would it have been just to WALK up the "broken" escalator? It's a ridiculous concept, but how often to we as people tend to do this same basic thing to ourselves when something in our life doesn't go exactly according to plan?
Things don't always work out perfectly, but that doesn't mean the world has to come to a screeching halt because of it. The good old saying, "When god shuts a door he opens a window" comes to mind when I consider this topic, but even that overlooks the possibility that there is ANOTHER DOOR TO THE ROOM.
How often do we make excuses for why we are unable to do simple things? How often do we go with an, "all or nothing" mentality that doesn't allow us to be flexible? How often do we fall into a rut when we were so close to getting into a groove instead?
Now maybe consider things from their perspective... They were trapped and couldn't see around the problem. They were so focused on the issue that they couldn't see a way around it. If someone else with a better perspective could have told them to trust their judgment and just try to walk up and out, do you think they might have done it? I hope they would have, but chances are they just might not have listened.
I know in our life that we have someone looking out for us who has a much better perspective then any of us. God is always looking out for us and he sees all the available possibilities. He is ALWAYS speaking to us to get us through our problems, we sometimes just need to listen better and have faith in his perspective (even if it makes no sense to us at the time). Through listening to his holy spirit, we can have broken escalators turn into stairs every day of our lives.