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Propensity to Self Subversion The Exit Strategy

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					Propensity to Self Subversion The Exit Strategy

The desire to belong is a typical need inherent in many individuals in
society today. The act of conforming to the ideals and behaviour that
people expect of others, thereby restricting the sense of individual
freedom and the right to free expression, is often done because the
person relishes basking in the approval of other people. By doing so, the
person experiences a form of self-subversion – of giving up on one’s
personal characteristics and values to be able to be a “part of the
crowd”, and to seek other people’s acceptance. This is not necessarily a
negative trait, especially when following society’s rules advocates the
greater good, such as compliance towards the laws of the state. However,
it becomes counterproductive when the individual’s right to personal
freedom becomes suppressed.

When people are aware of the growing decline in the organizations and
associations that they perceive they belong to, either due to a marked
decrease in quality and a lack of financial growth, or due to their
belief that their opinions are being suppressed by the majority, then one
of the possible consequences is to exit the particular organization. This
is a form of self-subversion; unable to withstand the demands being
exacted of him, or unable to reap the benefits from staying in the
current situation, a person may choose to leave and pursue their
interests elsewhere. This is often an attempt by many to voice their
disapproval of how a particular situation or society is being run, and is
not allowed the ability to speak up and express his thoughts about the

As an example, consider a country that advocates certain ideals and
beliefs, or engages in practices such as corruption, that the citizen
disapproves of. While he could attempt to voice out his dislike, there
may be circumstances wherein the political climate of the country is such
that he runs the risk of endangering himself or his family should he
choose to stand up for his beliefs and defy his government. Unwilling to
take that chance and possibly lose his life for it, the citizen may now
opt for the next best recourse that he can do, which is to leave the
country. In this manner, the citizen’s rights are being suppressed by the
government, but the former is also able exact a certain revenge. By
choosing to migrate to another country, the citizen is depriving the
government of any positive assets and contributions that he can make to
the state. If enough of the population follows this citizen’s solution,
then the country will suffer as a whole from a form of “brain drain”, the
lack of human resources to help improve the country.

There are still however, some cases where physical leaving the country
cannot be possible. The citizen, for instance, may not have the necessary
credentials or finances to afford an exodus to another country. And may
be forced to remain... while laws may prevent him from physically exiting
the country, he may still choose to “exit” through other means. This
involves choosing not to exercise his right to vote during elections,
refusing to take part in any activities that the government has planned,
or even encouraging or participating in groups that seek to overthrow the
government – basically, anything he wilfully does that is detrimental to
the government’s cause and growth.

Notwithstanding, this type of exit strategy may have just as much
negative effects as physically leaving the county, sometimes even
greater. Leaving the country limits the person’s ability to do further
after migrating, but remaining and encouraging methods to help eliminate
or put down the government will affect the country on a wider scale. This
is a form of self-subversion simply because the citizen is convincing
himself that he is doing what is best for the people, either through a
lack of participation, or active interest in groups that seek to fight
the government he finds oppressive. In the end however, he may wind up
doing much more damage not only to himself, but also to his fellow
citizens, as the economic and political stability of the country worsens.