Living under UBI: Work, Hobbies, and Wellbeing without Employment

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This article is a summary of a YouTube video "Life under UBI: Work, hobbies, and wellbeing without work" by 4IR with David Shapiro
TLDR Universal Basic Income (UBI) has the potential to improve individuals' financial well-being, reduce expenses, and provide more free time for personal growth and human connection.

Personal Fulfillment and Wellbeing under UBI

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    UBI may encourage individuals to prioritize a simpler, more self-sufficient lifestyle, focusing on sustainability rather than materialistic pursuits.
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    The availability of walkable cities for those who prefer urban living and tiny house villages in the countryside can provide diverse housing options and cater to different lifestyle preferences under a universal basic income.
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    Pets may have negative reactions to robots, making human pet walkers a preferred choice for many pet owners.
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    Online and remote content creators will continue to thrive under UBI, showcasing the potential for individuals to pursue creative and entrepreneurial endeavors without traditional employment.
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    Humans have a natural desire to learn from and empathize with other humans, making realness and authenticity important factors in content consumption.
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    The implementation of Universal Basic Income (UBI) could potentially provide individuals with the financial stability to pursue hobbies and interests that may not be financially lucrative but are personally fulfilling.
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    The video raises the question of how individuals would find a sense of challenge and fulfillment without traditional employment under UBI.
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    Self-actualization, the impulse to become the best version of oneself, is a fundamental need that still needs to be fulfilled even under UBI.
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    UBI enables individuals to prioritize their physical and mental health by having more time for recreational activities, rest, relaxation, and exercise.

Lifestyle and Housing under UBI

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    The implementation of UBI could potentially alleviate the burden of high housing and car expenses, allowing individuals to have more financial freedom.
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    With a Universal Basic Income (UBI) and reduced expenses like housing and transportation, individuals would have more financial freedom for other aspects of their lives.
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    Combining households under UBI can provide a guaranteed income of $8,000 to $12,000 per month, allowing for a higher quality of life and the ability to afford a nice house.
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    Walkable cities can help reduce transportation costs and prioritize pedestrians over cars, potentially improving the overall quality of life.
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    UBI can potentially reduce the need for cars as people can live in close-knit communities where they can easily walk to their neighbors and access necessary services.

Economic Impact of UBI

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    "Every American gets two thousand dollars a month. No questions asked starting at age 18."
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    The concept of using UBI to incentivize desired behaviors, such as having children, sparks debate about the role of government in shaping population growth.


  • What is the potential impact of Universal Basic Income (UBI) on individuals?

    β€” Universal Basic Income (UBI) has the potential to improve individuals' financial well-being, reduce expenses, and provide more free time for personal growth and human connection.

  • How does UBI fit within capitalism and neoliberalism?

    β€” Assuming a state of economic abundance and redistribution within the existing framework, Universal Basic Income (UBI) fits within capitalism and neoliberalism, as it involves taxing and redistributing without state ownership.

  • How can housing costs be reduced under UBI?

    β€” Housing costs can be reduced by updating zoning laws, prioritizing walkability in cities, and exploring options like tiny houses and co-living communities.

  • Which jobs are unlikely to be fully automated under UBI?

    β€” Jobs in child care, elder care, pet care, health and wellness services, education, mentoring, and local goods and services are unlikely to be fully automated due to the need for human interaction and empathy.

  • How can individuals find enjoyment and fulfillment without work under UBI?

    β€” Individuals can find enjoyment and fulfillment without work under UBI by pursuing hobbies, engaging in recreational activities, building relationships, and focusing on personal growth and self-actualization.

Timestamped Summary

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    Universal Basic Income (UBI) could have a significant impact on individuals, with potential benefits including job automation, reduced healthcare costs, and incentivizing population growth, but challenges such as high rent and changing economic conditions would need to be addressed.
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    Reducing housing and car expenses is crucial for financial well-being, and with downsizing and the popularity of tiny houses, a Universal Basic Income (UBI) of $1400 per month could be feasible, but regulations and zoning laws need to be updated to accommodate this shift.
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    Micro apartments are expensive but in demand, leading to potential pressure for more affordable options; American suburbs can be redesigned for alternative living like co-housing; combining finances under UBI allows for larger houses; challenges of finding compatible roommates but social advantages seen during the pandemic.
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    Prioritizing walkability in cities and updating zoning laws can reduce housing and transportation costs, while the rise of ride-sharing and automated cities could decrease the need for car ownership and lower the cost of living.
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    Living in rural areas with affordable housing options like tiny houses can provide a sustainable lifestyle under UBI, while local goods and services will still be in demand and certain services like health and wellness and education are less likely to be automated.
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    People will continue to value and seek out jobs that involve human interaction, such as child care and pet care, as well as local goods and services, online content creators, and personalized assistance, while also finding ways to reduce costs and make better use of free time through various strategies.
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    Living under UBI raises concerns about finding enjoyment, mastery, and self-esteem without work, but UBI can potentially provide more free time for people to connect with others, pursue personal growth, and meet higher-level needs for human well-being.
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    With UBI, individuals have more time for recreational activities, hobbies, and building relationships, leading to a sense of mastery and overall wellbeing.
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