There’s a story about one time when Jerry Brown was Governor of California in the 70’s and the eco-poet Gary Snyder was working in his administration. One day Brown, exasperated, said "Gary, why is it that, whatever the issue, you are always going against the flow."
To which Gary replied: "Jerry what you call ‘the flow’ is just a 16,000 year eddy, I'm going with the actual Flow!"
Standing on the Time Coast, one begins to apprehend the actual Flow, that Snyder is talking about. cf: The Real Work- by Gary Snyder.