To do what other people are doing, or agree with the opinion of the majority, because it is the easiest thing to do
While the expression "go with the flow" is thought to have originated in the 1960s, some say that 2nd century Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius Antoninus expressed the sentiment when he wrote:
"Time is a sort of river of passing events, and strong is its current; no sooner is a thing brought to sight than it is swept by and another takes its place, and this too will be swept away."
Although both the modern phrase and Marcus Aurelius refer to the passing of events in the terms of water, it's questionable whether the concept of following the crowd by going with the flow is expressing the same sentiment as Marcus Aurelius, who, it would appear, is saying something a little deeper - that it is impossible to cling on to the way things are because change is relentless.
Marcus Aurelius made a number of other profound observations in his writing:
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