Posted by Cara_Hunter (3687 posts) 1 year, 4 months ago

Poll: If you had to choose for one of the following World Wide to be free which would it be? (63 votes)

Electricity 22%
Shelter 13%
Medicine/Medical Treatment/Medical Aid 14%
Water 11%
Pie 3%
Cake 3%
Horses 2%
Funerals and Marriages 0%
Education 32%

Take into consideration the negative effects and outcomes of your choices (btw for the sake of plot you have to choose because your forced by Darkseid)

P.S: You can only choose 1. but also list two other choices you would make.

#1 Posted by MaccyD (5111 posts) - - Show Bio

Electricity-most of the others are either unimportant or already covered by most socialist societies (including mine!!!).

#2 Edited by JetiiMitra (8874 posts) - - Show Bio

I voted education. I would also choose water and medicine. To really improve life in all venues, education is a must. Water and medicine ensure that this education can be used to its fullest potential by taking the burden off of having to remain healthy. Shelter, electricity, and yes *sigh* cake and pie can be resolved with education.

#3 Posted by dngn4774 (3517 posts) - - Show Bio

Clean drinking water is the greatest necessity on that list. A society can still function with sick people, dumb people, homeless people, even hungry people, but if they don't have water they'll either die out or move to the next closest country.

#4 Edited by JetiiMitra (8874 posts) - - Show Bio

@dngn4774 said:

Clean drinking water is the greatest necessity on that list. A society can still function with sick people, dumb people, homeless people, even hungry people, but if they don't have water they'll either die out or move to the next closest country.

I had assumed OP meant clean water.

Edit: Whoops, guess I can't read. I agree. I just think education would take precedence. There are already some methods for cleaning water, but more educated people with actual emotional motivation tied to having clean water will come up with better ways and faster. And they'll also be able to do other stuff, like improve infrastructure and whatnot.

#5 Posted by Web_Flotsam (1118 posts) - - Show Bio

Education lets the next generation get the other things.

#6 Posted by Yokergeist (12355 posts) - - Show Bio

Not having to pay for electricity would save me a LOT of money.

#7 Edited by RulerOfThisUniverse (6366 posts) - - Show Bio

....But I am Darkseid. :(

#8 Edited by Fallschirmjager (18969 posts) - - Show Bio

Education easily. As a US citizen it boggles my mind why we think its a good idea to force 90% of kids who've just turned 18 to go into tens of thousands of dollars into debt in order to get a college eduction.

#9 Edited by batmannflash (6226 posts) - - Show Bio

I chose shelter.

#10 Posted by TheTrueBarryAllen (6360 posts) - - Show Bio

Education, always education.

#11 Posted by Betatesthighlander1 (7510 posts) - - Show Bio
#12 Posted by Cara_Hunter (3687 posts) - - Show Bio

@cara_hunter why couldn't food be one category?

Because how will the farmers pay for their water,electricity if they don't get any money now that food is free?

Did anybody READ THE OP?

You have to think of the consequences of something being 100% free.

#13 Posted by No_Trolling (653 posts) - - Show Bio

Brazzers yearly subscriptions

#14 Edited by Dayvid3 (868 posts) - - Show Bio

edumacation. at the very least people might figure out to stop having too many damn kids which thus increases the need for more horses and such

or maybe just go straight at some hard pressed contraception :)

#15 Posted by The_Legendary_SuperSaiyan_Hulk (11154 posts) - - Show Bio

Electricity.

#16 Posted by silkyballfro94 (2003 posts) - - Show Bio

@no_trolling: you know whats up...No pun intended.

Anyways Clean Water is priority ONE, there are many people without it. With clean water, people would not have as many diseases and sickness. The close seconds are Medical and Education.

#17 Posted by OverLordArhas (7793 posts) - - Show Bio

Education, it will equalize the playing field even if just a bit

#18 Edited by Nelomaxwell (10704 posts) - - Show Bio

I choose Education
but Medline and Food should be there too.

#19 Edited by Dabee (2399 posts) - - Show Bio

I assume water means clean water and that it would be accessible? Having water in some parts of the world would do them much better than medicine, because water can actually be a luxury, unfortunately. It's the main ingredient in keeping us alive, so I'm gonna go with that.

#20 Posted by The Stegman (26078 posts) - - Show Bio

Probably health care.

#21 Edited by mikethekiller (8492 posts) - - Show Bio

either education or health care.

#22 Posted by danhimself (22720 posts) - - Show Bio

horses...I feel like that is a no brainer

#23 Posted by mrdecepticonleader (18733 posts) - - Show Bio

thought

#24 Posted by ARMIV2 (8854 posts) - - Show Bio

Education. Just imagine what everyone could do with some good learning in them.

#25 Edited by Cara_Hunter (3687 posts) - - Show Bio

horses...I feel like that is a no brainer

LOL!

#26 Posted by jhazzroucher (16512 posts) - - Show Bio

Medicine/Medical Treatment/Medical Aid

I know education is also expensive but Medicine/Medical Treatment/Medical Aid can happen at any time of your life. These are also expenses that comes as a surprise too that it would really affect our everyday budget.

#27 Edited by Vaeternus (9410 posts) - - Show Bio

Education is free if you go to public school(minus supplies if you count that) but once you hit college then you sadly have to pay....unless you're uber smart and can get a grant.

But I chose Shelter because electricity isn't necessary and do you know how much you'd save if living in a house would be free?! Especially where I live lol in NYC the most expensive part of the entire USA to live.

#28 Edited by batmannflash (6226 posts) - - Show Bio

Education is free if you go to public school(minus supplies if you count that) but once you hit college then you sadly have to pay....unless you're uber smart and can get a grant.

But I chose Shelter because electricity isn't necessary and do you know how much you'd save if living in a house would be free?! Especially where I live lol in NYC the most expensive part of the entire USA to live.

Exactly my logic. But I could see why people voted for the other things. All are very important

#29 Edited by M3th (2099 posts) - - Show Bio

I was thinking if all the negative consequences and I think Water I'd the best choice.

Education would be second. I was debating on education but what's the point to have kids be able to get an education if they're dying of thirst.

I'll say medical would be third choice. Again thinking about the negative I feel like Water, Education, and Medical would benefit humans the most with the least consequences.

#30 Posted by Vaeternus (9410 posts) - - Show Bio

@vaeternus said:

Education is free if you go to public school(minus supplies if you count that) but once you hit college then you sadly have to pay....unless you're uber smart and can get a grant.

But I chose Shelter because electricity isn't necessary and do you know how much you'd save if living in a house would be free?! Especially where I live lol in NYC the most expensive part of the entire USA to live.

Exactly my logic. But I could see why people voted for the other things. All are very important

Totally, a few on the list are very important but yeah same. I tried thinking what would be a priority or worse you know?

#31 Posted by Aiden Cross (15526 posts) - - Show Bio

Education, the rest can be achieved through that.

#32 Posted by Durakken (1591 posts) - - Show Bio

Provided it is a proper education I would go with education, other wise it would just be a waste of time.

Medicine/Medical Treatment/Medical Aid would probably be the number 1 thing I'd go for but it's sorta a cheat... Having proper medical treatment would mean food and water and shelter.

The reason we don't have good food/water/shelter/medical treatment/electricity/education everywhere is highly due to proper infrastructure and lack of caring or lack of knowing that's the problem. We currently produce 4 times as much food as it would to take to feed the entire world properly. Fresh water is either already solved or currently really close to being solved. So if we're going from right this second and having something suddenly be there, those two things would both require infrastructure and so that would have to be there...

#33 Edited by Edamame (28401 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Shelter, without a doubt. Lack of affordable housing is one of the many causes of homelessness, and homelessness is obviously horrible. Inflation (Supply and Demand) and high property tax rates both make housing unaffordable. So finding ways to curb inflation would certainly help. Furthermore, housing is by far the most expensive choice listed in the OP. So that should definitely be worked on. If an area is both low-in-supply and high-in-demand (such as the New York City area), then that area will have very expensive housing. On the other hand: If an area is high-in-supply (or even low-in-supply) and low-in-demand, then the housing will be much more affordable in comparison.There are apartments in parts of the Midwest that only cost four-hundred dollars a month. lol Now compare that to New York City apartments that cost thousands upon thousands of dollars a month. lol Also, population increases lead to an increase in demand, and an increase in demand leads to inflation. Parts of New York and California used to be much more affordable a few decades ago, and wages were also indexed to inflation.

2. Getting an education is great, but it definitely is not an absolute necessity. It also isn't a 100% guarantee of anything. Many (about 50% or thereabouts) college graduates are either unemployed or doing low-wage work. There are also some cases in which people with Master's or Doctoral degrees can't find work appropriate to their fields of study. Education used to be about personal enrichment. One can simply make the effort to go to the Library to educate himself/herself and learn new things or purchase books to acquire knowledge. The reason why higher education has become so expensive is because the demand for it has skyrocketed. As a result, inflation. Education is "free" in other countries because it is covered by tax revenue, but the citizens there have to pay more taxes and higher tax rates as a result.

3. Water is very important for us all, but I wouldn't say that it is unaffordable. At least not yet. Parts of the American Southwest, such as Arizona, are going to face serious drought issues due to the fact that the Colorado River is beginning to dry up.

4. Electricity is not such a big deal, and it isn't that expensive either. Plain and simple. Use the sunlight to your advantage. When it's dark out, go to sleep. lol

5. Health care is a complicated issue. If people were healthier, then health care would be much more affordable. Those health insurance companies base their costs on risk. So if you are risky (also known as unhealthy), then you will have expensive health care costs. It would be interesting if private health insurance and universal health care could be mixed, but I don't think that would work in the United States. There are also some free and low-cost health care clinics around. It's important to look for those.

6. LOL at the other choices!

@vaeternus said:
But I chose Shelter because electricity isn't necessary and do you know how much you'd save if living in a house would be free?! Especially where I live lol in NYC the most expensive part of the entire USA to live.

lol

Yeah. Apparently, many apartments can cost about three-thousand dollars a month there. Yikes!

#34 Posted by Vaeternus (9410 posts) - - Show Bio

@edamame: Yep, great post lol. Even medicare to a degree is overrated if you take care of yourself well to a degree could be limited. But yeah living in NYC=pricey lol

#35 Posted by Lunacyde (19523 posts) - - Show Bio

1. Clean accessible water

2. Education

3. Shelter

#36 Edited by Vortex13 (12264 posts) - - Show Bio

Medicine. Everywhere in the world people get extremely sick or injured and a lot of people don't have proper doctors or medical treatment even if it is supplied for free. Electricity (which in second place for some reason) is not that important. There are plenty of people and societies that do perfectly fine without it. Electricity is a luxury, not a necessity.

Clean water is a big one, so is shelter. Education is fine but what's the point if you can't actually stay alive. Also what kind of education are we talking about? Because there are many different kinds of education which would provide people with a whole host different skills and options in the future. Or is it just every kind of education imaginable and the person in question chooses their path. Also every country has their own brand of curriculum of what and what isn't important. Plus in this scenario Darkseid is making us choose and I feel like choosing education would be a bad idea with him in charge lol.

Seriously though there are all kinds of different fields of education and the OP says nothing about one set of unified education, and even if it did I would say that it would be a bad thing because of different cultures values and their beliefs would clash with whatever set education standards was in place. On the flip side of that with every nation having different ideas and values everybody would be taught different things, and keep in mind many Nations do not exactly have what would be considered stable government's so their nations curriculum could change overnight. There are Nation's whose leader's make homosexuality illegal. I don't mean marriage I mean the simple fact of being gay is illegal and you can be put to death for that in some of those places. As for the idea of one set standard education throughout the world, which nation or nations get to choose it?

#37 Edited by War Killer (20293 posts) - - Show Bio

Water.

#38 Posted by Yung ANcient One (4899 posts) - - Show Bio

The thing with Shelter though is the idea of NY being the most expensive place to live in the USA... WHY? Because everyone wants to live in NY... just like Cali... ahem... anyways...

I have a lot of friends who have moved to Arizona, Texas, and/or Colorado because it is cheaper to live there. We are already packed soooo... Why wouldn't housing be expensive in NY if it was equally cheap to live in NY or Iowa... why wouldn't you move to NY?

I know it sucks to be homeless. I been homeless it's terrible but I just view medicine(free health care), Water(clean accessible), and education (the dept is crazy) more important than shelter. For me.

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#39 Posted by LaserLambert (636 posts) - - Show Bio

Free love, man

#40 Edited by Setherial (213 posts) - - Show Bio

Education is already free. Pick up a book and start reading. Why pay just to be fed Marxist dogma in the Western education system?

#41 Posted by lykopis (10746 posts) - - Show Bio

So many posters are responding with only their country/region in mind. Interesting.

Education by far, like the other posters who mentioned it leading to attaining the other options in the poll.

#42 Posted by SC (13403 posts) - - Show Bio

This is a tricky question because most of these things are so different in nature and some of these things have more working and more complicated components that have more variables that depending on those variables can lead to dramatically different outcomes. Education for example is already free, its good education that usually requires money, and usually it requires a lot of money to get a piece of paper at the end of that education. Water? There is a huge difference between free water and free clean water as well as access to free clean water. What does free water mean? People can ask for it and it will drop down from the sky? Those who have access to it can take it without a price?

Everything started off "free" things have a price because things have a perceived and intrinsic value and things have a value because they are limited. In this situation are things made free somehow always going to be free? Or once made free are all bets off in which what ever given commodity will once again have a price? If they remain free then well thats a lot of complications. That commodity would have to be infinite. Infinite horses? Well that deals with hunger and transport and potentially energy, electricity, shelter and horse pie well... with those things more people would be freed up to do other things include pursue careers in occupations that aren't made redundant by the infinite food etc of horses - so we could end up with more doctors. Education would get cheaper too and in some cases be free.

There are so many strange and kooky inevitabilities basically any option picked would probably be balanced our or neutralized by its own implications. I'd probably flip Darksied a finger and tell him Marvel is where its at and watch him fall down some stairs.

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#43 Edited by Edamame (28401 posts) - - Show Bio

I don't see how "education" is helping all of those unemployed or underemployed college/university graduates. All of that hard work and money spent.

#44 Edited by TDK_1997 (15097 posts) - - Show Bio

Electricity along with water are one of the things that people use every day so any of those two should be free.The world right now almost can not exist without electricity or water so we need those things and with every day they are getting more and more expensive.

So,free electricity and water all the way!

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#45 Posted by The_Good_Loser (236 posts) - - Show Bio

Pie and Horses are the most ludicrous choices on there

that's some 'ish models would say on their speech!

#46 Posted by theTimeStreamer (2841 posts) - - Show Bio

wow. people are picking the least important things. how about medical aid? people are choosing electricity? really??!!?!! water!??! 'here timmy have a glass of free water which we got from a stream down the road. but it's free now. now about your cancer treatment. we will need you to sell a kidney.'

#47 Posted by Lunacyde (19523 posts) - - Show Bio

wow. people are picking the least important things. how about medical aid? people are choosing electricity? really??!!?!! water!??! 'here timmy have a glass of free water which we got from a stream down the road. but it's free now. now about your cancer treatment. we will need you to sell a kidney.'

I think the assumption is that the water is clean water....which cannot be found in a lot of places worldwide.

#48 Posted by xlab3000 (3358 posts) - - Show Bio

Education

#49 Posted by The_Lunact_And_Manic (3286 posts) - - Show Bio

Cake.