Universal Income: the good?

Somewhere in The Hague (Netherlands)

Sitting in the bus seat, awaiting to arrive to my destination. I’m going to this business competition where students gather together. The idea is for companies to present their problems, and for us to provide solutions. It is actually nice to have some free time to reflect after having taking a little nap between Rotterdam and Antwerp. I am looking out of the window, and I see many shacks and green lands.

I am thinking about the future of our world. What is the current state of the union? How technology is changing the world? And how society is evolving? Does it make sense to establish a universal income?

Europe might have already reached to a conclusion. Sorry, let’s me rephrase. Some European countries have concluded that everyone should have access to health care. Otherwise, people will more prompt to death. In a way, we are saying that “everyone should have the right, or choose the right of not dying from known curable causes”. Thus, in the first stage of progress, we can establish it as the “first pillar” or fundamental right. The second stage of progress, I think, preventing people that don’t want to die from getting sick. The first stage of progress is curing the sick, whereas the second is sickness prevention.

This kind of prevention can take different forms. For example, by providing enough income to a given individual. Individuals could prevent sickness, by food, cloth, a gym card, attending social events, gaining knowledge, and so on.

But, would it be right? Would it be fair? For people to have basic income? I don’t know, yet, I can help but ask: what are world like that would look like? Or if I ever would be able to live longer to see that kind of society play out? The first consequence many leaders pointed out is that people would not be working to survive. At least, not as many as people will be working jobs they don’t like to provide for themselves or their families. I guess there will still be the greedier ones that would still work for amassing more money to be able to afford a “fancier” life.

But what about the rest? Would universal income help people to become freer to follow their passions? Or will we have all break-downs because we will debating all the meaning of life? I like to image a society where people will follow their intuition more often. Where people know better what they like and dislike. A place where there would be a blend of people that are artists and know how to engineer. Coders that are also doctors, business people that are superb designers….

What would happen all the “black” businesses? I can imagine that they is a possibility that they will continue to exist. The human being is a creature full of desires, and when it comes to owing, we always want more. It’s a revolving addiction. Nonetheless, I can also imagine that some potential recruits will have less incentives to join these “black” business. People would rather spend their time discovering their passions.

Would suffering end? I don’t think so. And I somewhat think it is good. Many of the world’s leaders have gone through a great deal of suffering to become the people they are. However, maybe that is what requires for the leader to get there in today’s world. Therefore, will be this the kind of type of leader we would need in the future?