I was having a discussion on Tumblr about the concept of universal basic income. And apparently, long story short, it's worked in the past. Because when people have the ability to choose between "slack off all day every day, maybe play some videogames, watch Netflix, be on Tumblr, whatever" and "actually do something like try to get a job or get into art or actually study"... most people choose the latter. I... don't get it. Seriously, I don't. Like, I'm in a privileged position where my parents get to take care of 99% of my needs, I only need to do minimal studying to get good grades, and so my default setting is "go to class, come back, be on Tumblr and Youtube the rest of the day, go to sleep, rinse, repeat". I basically only study when my mom tells me I need to because I have an exam coming. I can't even imagine getting a job if my livelihood did depend on it, much less if I had a choice to do nothing. I do feel a drive to be "productive", in a sense, but that has more to do with "being up to date with all the things" than with a desire to actually do something. (Oh, and also, if it wasn't for the fact that someone comes to clean up the house 3 times a week my mom and I would be unbelievably stressed out by our combined lack of keeping things tidy) That's what I imagine anyone would do if they were in my position, right? Like, I feel like I'd be a poster child for anyone who wanted to oppose stuff like basic income.