He swam the channel to find enrichment; it was only a little over a kilometer across. He saw the city, stores, and businesses with opportunities for pleasure and prosperity. He always imagined it would be easy just to swim back to family and friends, where he began. But one day noticed his old way had become treacherous, overtaken by a rushing high water roiling and boiling like a cauldron. He realized with a sick feeling in his gut that to attempt to swim back was certain death, also the unruly waves had begun to sweep the big city and businesses away so that all were fleeing-- so he looked at the flooded channel and commenced.