The Misery Industry

Have you ever questioned the intention behind the endeavour? What is the actual intention behind the goal? Does this individual or does this organization really want to solve the problem?

Some have an interest in the problem never being solved. When the organization relies on subsidies to exist, it would obviously be suicidal for it to cure the disease! Instead of working at finding the cause, they provide a quick fix. They have to justify their purpose.

Ask yourself: “What would happen of them if – suddenly – they found a cure?”

Just look at the vocabulary they are using. Defending a cause means that there is an attack. Just like going to war, the worse thing that could happen to an army would be the instant disappearance of all their enemies. The pharmaceutical business is built on that principle. If Science found a cure to the common cold, the medication industry would collapse.

It does not mean that, because an organization is subsidized, it is necessarily ill-willed. It only provides fertile grounds for making profit out of people’s misery. Subsidies are not to blame either. One has to question the use of the tool; not the tool itself.

Everything lies in the intentions of the people behind the mission. Is the mission really aiming at creating an ideal situation for the organizations’s beneficiaries? Is the organization profiting – politically, financially, socially, in some way other than the humanitarian goodwill – from playing the role of saviour? In any case, a non-profit organization is not meant to make any profit – financially, that is. That only refers to accounting.

One kind of profit that is addictive is social and political power. Being seen and heard in the media as the defender of the poor and the misunderstood is a drug and some abuse it. In the end, the humans who came seeking help are left with nothing concrete. They merely are driven to defy the establishment, complain and feel like victims of an injustice. For their benefit, they are told to hate a specific politician, a certain class of citizens or some government policy, oftentimes through misinformation.

Diabolizing is a technique used by the industry of misery. It consists in finding a bully, converting the misery into a torture, convincing people that they are victims of the bully’s torture, have media broadcast the message and the sentimental blackmailing is taking place. And the problem is never being solved. The cause will always remain.

Specialists of victimization, these organizations will read this article and feel pointed at. That is not the purpose of this reflection. The goal is to think about what really drives a humanitarian endeavour: rage or passion? Is it the motivation of creating an ideal situation for the clientele or just plainly taking pleasure in bullying others into solving the problem? …Thus never really having to answer for its still being there?


About Jean-François Néron /

Directeur général et guide-mentor chez «Waska, autonomie et services techniques communautaires» (Waskaquébec), une entreprise d'économie sociale œuvrant sans but lucratif à aider ses membres à acquérir l'autonomie socio-économique, à se concerter et à s'entraider pour bâtir leur prospérité. General Manager and Guide-Mentor at "Waska, autonomie et services techniques communautaires" (Waskaquébec), a non-profit, social economy enterprise helping its members acquire autonomy, collaborate in harmony and perform mutual help in building their prosperity.
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