You are so right in every way. I've been ranting about the UBI for years on end. In Canada, our provincial government implemented the UBI for 3 years, and they gave 3,000 people (not randomly - they mostly chose those who are low-income, retired and disabled) around $2,500 monthly. We've seen those folks reporting increased motivation to either work, volunteer or study. Some of them went back to school to start a new career, helping the comminity, and many other good things. The UBI allowed them to find a better work-life balance, take care of the financial hardship, progress in their lives, and simply be happier!
Sadly, the new government abruptly ended this pilot. There is currently a lawsuit against the government, but it will take 5-10 years to resolve this. I was quite upset to hear about it.
People who reject the idea of the UBI are miseducated about it, IMHO. It won't make people "lazy" - on the contrary, it will allow them to work SMARTER and BETTER, instead of slaving away at work and barely making ends meet. It will help them PROGRESS in life, particularly education-wise. Guess what that means? They will find better jobs, build better careers, and end up paying MORE TAXES, which will totally pay off the UBI. Sure, there might be a few lazies who stay home and play video games 24/7, but those are outliers.
Those who boycot the UBI are simply jealous that someone will be getting "free" money. But guess what? Once COVID hit, those same people suddently WELCOMED the UBI. Because, you know, when something is about you, you start caring all of a sudden.
Anyway, sorry for the rant. I'm very passionate about this topic.