I put myself through university by working the drilling rigs during the summer. It was amazing that I could fund eight months of education with a four month job.
I used to have a lot of contempt for other male students who took easier summer jobs — and earned a lot less money. But as time passed, I realized working on the rigs required a lot of fortitude, which many people did not have. Physical labor, battling weather, and a demeaning work culture is not for everyone. I was blessed with more fortitude than many others.
Later in life, I was afflicted with an illness. I could not work for two years. I probably should have stayed off work for another year, but it was hard to do nothing. I started working two shifts a week at a gas station, and eventually built my stamina to five shifts. Then I found a better paying “easy” job that kept the bank balance from the negative side. For the next eight years, it was work, sleep, and eat. Not much time for “fun” things because my energy levels were still low.
But again I have more fortitude than most people.
I know a few people on social assistance. Some are psychologically damaged people. I would not wish them on any employer for it costs employers money to hire and fire people. It is better for the economy if these kinds of people get a small stipend than get a job.
Hence I believe in a Universal Basic Income for everyone. Those with more fortitude will find work to afford the better things of life.