As I develop and present my ideas, an existential fear seems to be almost always right below the surface. Sometimes above the surface, too. The voice “how will I earn money” keeps whispering. I have so many ideas but they seem to be tied up by this existential fear because I have no safety net to fall on. It does not exist in the US. And then I wonder what would happen if there were income security for all? Yes, free money from the government, like so many corporations already get. I suspect I am not the only one who fears living my ideas because I don’t know how to monetarize them. And I have to eat something. If all of us could work toward those ideas, I suspect our world would be a much better place to live. How many inventors have not pursued their ideas because they had to work to earn a living and were too tired because of that? How many would-be volunteers are too drained from the treadmill called a job to actually help others? Granted, there are those who have the courage. But they often have a private safety net – from a wealthy family. From a working wife or husband. Many of us don’t have that. Or they have an enormous amount of courage or faith or something that propels them to move beyond their existential fear. I am trying to get to that point while laying the ground work for a new way of making a living. But it is hard. And very, very scary. Making our own path for life is not generally supported.
Sadly, in a time when social benefits are cut to pay the rich and in a country that doesn’t even have the moral backbone to ensure health care for all, a guaranteed basic income seems illusional (maybe even delusional). Yet, it is economically feasible if we were willing to redistribute wealth and income fairly rather than supporting the excesses of the few. And we can make good arguments for a basic income, including libertarian arguments.
Given all this, I am faced with trying to find the courage to change, to plunge deeper into a life I find worth living with integrity. And I have to figure out ways to cut costs further or make money by compromising again.