Buddhism is about
causes and effects (hethu pala). So, find out the cause for
not wanting to meditate. Then you can get an idea about the effects which can be caused by it.
Note: Buddhism is the explanation of nature. It's not a man invented-thing, it's a man who discovered how this nature works is called the Buddha. So don't think meditation is a rule.
Further below quote from your question is not exactly true (partially ok)
And the only way to prevent bad thoughts from arising is through
The above quote is equivalent to,
the only way to prevent from drowning (in water) is learning to swim, Yes you can survive in the waters by learning how to swim (That's the partially ok part). But can you guarantee the behaviour of the water? (Can you guarantee the behaviour of your mind).
Instead of learning how to swim, how about uprooting the need of going into the waters? Initially learning to swim would help, but that's not the goal.
Real Buddhism is about uprooting the need by understanding the reality of the needs/desires, and how useless/worthless the needs/desires are. When you realise it you understand not going to the waters is the one and only path to enlightenment.
So come back to the shore from the waters (because we are already in it), of course, you need to learn how to swim (meditate). But the goal is to understand the reason why we need to go to the shore (enlightenment), what's the problem with the sea (life, desires, needs etc.). Otherwise, we'll keep swimming in the sea but not to the shore.
You may attain nibbana