Analyzing "The Flow of the River
As a general rule, people fear time. Time labels humans as insignificant beings with no control. Usually, to avoid this label, people look toward religion for something that transcends time. However, one can form a bond with water that transcends time without being metaphysical in the "religious sense. If one takes the time to examine water as a force, he can have an experience in which he feels completely connected to it without the restraints that come with being human. This is precisely the type of experience that Loren Eiseley describes in "The Flow of the River.
He embarks on an adventure that frees him. While exploring the Platte River he is overcome with a desire to float. Because of a childhood tra