I’m Daniel Boehme, the initiator of this project and this is my vision of a life with a Basic Income:
The power of the muse
My friend Harald is a genius, an exceptionally gifted scientist - but with a self-esteem far below zero. Usually, nobody believes in him, no one expects that he will discover great things... or anything at all, actually.
No one, but me. Every now and then Harald calls me, tells me about his research. I don’t understand anything but I try to encourage him, though. And he trusts me. Sometimes, I feel, the only reason for him not to give up and quit is that he doesn’t want to disappoint me. Anyway, these calls are very important to him, that’s what he said.
Even more important: sometimes Harald is so distracted that he can’t think. Or he is so obsessed with one idea that he can’t see the wood for the trees. I don’t know what it is exactly, but while we talk he usually calms down, gets a new perspective or a clear mind to focus on his work. I have no clue of ‚Orthomolecular medicine’, I just ask stupid questions, make stupid jokes (he doesn’t understand) and listen carefully (still not understanding anything, though).
Whether his research will ever lead to anything? I don’t know. I’m not the expert. But on the other hand: how many geniuses were unrecognized, despised, satirized by ‚experts’ in their fields? Maybe I believe in Harald BECAUSE I’m not an expert... However, there’s on thing I know: how to raise the self-esteem of people like him!
Someday, Harald may discover the cure for cancer. From that moment on there will be no more doubt that he has achieved amazing things. All the years of drawing a Basic Income while he didn’t measurably contribute to the society finally ‚paid off’. „Well, that’s what we wanted the Basic Income for!”, you might think now...
But what about MY ‚work’? What about the hours I’ve spent on the phone with Harald... Haven’t I substantially contributed to his success? And will anyone acknowledge the ‚work’ I’ve done, although I’m not a therapist and I didn’t receive a honorarium? Is ‚being the best friend’ for someone a legitimate ‚work’, considered as a valuable contribution to the society, something I don’t get insulted to be ‚lazy’ for? Think about it. And imagine a world full of friends who are available to talk on the phone when you have a problem! Imagine a LIFE UNLEASHED!
To all the muses in this world:
KEEP YOUR CHIN UP! :)