Who’s really going with the flow?

In the 70s, Gary Snyder – the ‘poet laureate’ of Deep Ecology – was working in California Governor Jerry Brown’s administration. One day Brown, exasperated, asked

“Gary, why is it that, whatever the issue, you are always going against the flow?”

Gary replied:

“Jerry what you call ‘the flow’ is just a 16,000 year eddy, I’m going with the actual flow!”

[Source: various versions of this floating around the web]