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Subversion is derived from the Latin word “subvertere” which means to “to
overthrow” or to “turn from under.” It brings to mind the image of
“turning a rock” over, which is a negative image. Subverting is also
considered a negative action, something that is to be avoided, connoting
a disruption of the status quo.

But considering the definition itself, subversion need not be a bad
thing. Challenging the status quo has always been discouraged by the
authorities (in a political arena) because it usually means they have to
justify their actions and reveal their intentions, and most of the time
that is not a very good idea from their point of view. In effect,
subverting something can lead to destruction and chaos. The propensity to
self-subversion may very well do this, but again that is not necessarily
a bad thing.

Self-subversion can also be taken as in the negative. By definition, it
means to turn from under the self, the consciousness, the being. In
essence, you are questioning what you are, your intentions, your goals
and your aims. It questions your life as a whole. When does this usually
happen?

Propensity means a preference or attraction for a certain activity, or
object or situation. The human propensity to self-subversion is usually a
sort of psychological end-of-days. People usually start to question
their lives when tragedy strikes such as a death or accident, or
circumstances forces themselves to take account such as losing a job or a
loved one to another person. It never occurs when people are happy or
complacent, when events favor their existence and way of life. Bad news
travels fast and tragic events trigger self-evaluation faster than the
wink of an eye. When self-examination occurs in these instances, chances
are what you see you do not like. But such intensive examination of life
should occur not only when things come to a head. It should happen in
anticipation of such events. Self-subversion should be cultivated at each
opportunity.

The logic in this is contained in one phrase: a well-examined life is a
life well lived. Accepting the way one’s life is without questioning the
why, how, when, where and what is life accepting that one has no free
will. It is to accept a person can only move in a certain way as dictated
by society and no further and no other way. It is to acquiesce to the
status quo. The problem is the status quo should be of a person’s own
making. Otherwise there would be no point in living a life not your own.
Self-subversion can occur at any point in a person’s life, but
preferably, when one is in a balanced state of mind. In this way, the
mind is clear and uncluttered from emotional or physical stress. There
are several ways this can be done.

Take notes. Noting down the pros and cons of one’s life may seem strange,
but that is the only way a person can clearly see where he had been,
where he is and where he is going. It is the only way a person can take
control. Concede that perhaps there are some things that can be changed
which have been maintained because of laziness or a fear of change
itself. This could be as simple as the sort of haircut you have. Perhaps
it is a cut you have had since you were ten and you have gotten used to
it although you do not like the way it tickles your forehead. Resolve to
change the things that can be changed. Try something new with the hair.
Do it gradually until you are more comfortable with the new look. Soon it
will be easier to make similar changes on different levels. These may
seem simplistic notions but changing the status quo often starts with the
first step. Consider this the first step to developing a well-examined
life.