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Ask Bobby #12
September 25, 2023

Flying Cars and Universal Healthcare; Humanly Unattainable

We as humans are arguably the most intelligent species to ever live on Earth. We evolve mentally and physically, surpassing our forefathers in terms of fitness and the educational standard; but there is one question many people ask and can’t seem to find an answer to. Why can’t we figure out a universal healthcare and education system, or have flying cars for that matter?

I don’t know for certain, but ever since the automobile was invited, I’m pretty sure people have had dreams about the the twenty-first century, when everybody will own a car and these cars could fly and whatnot. Sadly, as amazing it would be, I don’t believe flying cars will be a thing for our generation, nor for our children, either. Why? It’s not that we can’t—we just don’t.

We cannot set our priorities when it comes to dreams and goals. All humans have a goal to aspire toward, but the hardest part about the goal isn’t starting, surprisingly; it’s staying on track. We can easily make a plan we are passionate about and make it the most methodical procedure ever created down to the smallest details. However, we just can’t seem to stick to it unless there is an outside force that drives us to complete it.

For example, your doctor recommends that you need to exercise if you want a healthier life. You listen to them and begin to train your body, but as you continue for the next two weeks, the changes are very minuscule and you’re no longer encouraged to continue. Let’s take this example again, but now the doctor includes your death approximation in just a few months if you don’t exercise. With a serious motivation, it would be harder for people to give up on their endeavors. This goes back to the flying cars topic. Although people have dreams for a better future, they simply just don’t have a proper drive to motivate them on completing the task.

Universal Healthcare and Education are also dependent on the motivations of people, but not in the same way. There are many factors that affect the way these community-based systems are executed, and the keyword is community. Like it or not, people love competition, and groups or individuals like to be the best at something. Just having one system people would rely on is just unheard of due to human nature. The way I view it, mankind accomplishes more when we compete with one another, even if it’s to make weapons that destroy each other.

Another factor that most definitely affects the chances of universal systems ever being a thing are people being selfish. Universal Healthcare requires a lot of money to maintain, and that money comes from taxes. I’m not an economist, but I know that if you increase the tax people have to pay in order for everyone to have healthcare, there will surely some very unhappy people.

If that’s not convincing, then take this example with a grain of salt. You pay 5 percent of your income in taxes. Now that the new universal bill is signed, the tax rate increases to 20 percent. I don’t know about you, but that 15 percent I had could have gone to something I wanted. Now it’s being used for other people. That’s my view as a poor college student who wants to help but can’t at the moment.

This is why I believe we are unable to have flying cars, universal health care, and education. We have the motivation, but there will always be people that will oppose the method for reaching that goal. If my thoughts in any way trigger you and you would rather see my head in a basket, don’t be afraid to contact Mass Media with why you disagree.