I mean, I think work is good, and that we should be rewarded rather than robbed for our work. However, if we in the West don’t work, someone else will — and that someone else invariably becomes those in the Global South.
I don’t think work is categorically good (especially in the context of capitalism), nor do I think it should be a requirement for receiving income equivalent to a living wage. People in the Global South are already exploited even while a great many people in the West are essentially forced to do work they don’t like just to survive.
I don’t really see any of this changing as long as the notion that income should be tied to work persists. That is the same to me as tying healthcare or education to work. So, while I do agree work should be rewarded, work and its rewards shouldn’t have anything to do with supplying people with a comfortable living where all their basic needs are more than met. Otherwise, we’re going beyond rewarding people for doing work to punishing people for not working.
Getting back to your original point about UBI, you are right that it doesn’t look promising. That’s probably because it’s primarily being developed and pushed by the likes of ultra-capitalist tech moguls who want to figure out how to give people the absolute minimum amount of money it will take to keep them from revolting. I’m looking at it from the angle of redistributing as much as possible from the likes of tech moguls so that everyone can work doing what they want (if they want to work), instead of accepting the limited options for work provided by a profit-oriented job market.