I think I’ve made my peace with BTC not being the answer to every problem in and of itself. Crypto has become much bigger than just Bitcoin.
Digital gold may not have been the design, but it is very useful. The crypto community are also reinvesting a huge amount of their value and holding to maintain it for all of us. With that value we can do a lot more to change the world. Societies improve at much faster rates when the citizens hold capital - rather than just the elites (see any ‘golden age’ in history). Capital is not possessions, it’s stored value. Our modern societies would benefit greatly from returning to a culture of delayed gratification rather than consumerist debt and poverty. HODL’ing isn’t about greed, it’s about thrift and saving. Most people hold a fraction of a Bitcoin, there aren’t that many crypto millionaires out there really, a few thousand more than there were last year maybe, meh. Even they still want to live and enjoy their wealth a bit, they do spend more when they’re suddenly rich, but they don’t don’t cash it in for big wedge of fiat, or spend it all in a mad rush of consumerism. That’s what HODL’ing is really all about imo.
BTC has some big design flaws which prevent it from accomplishing a lot of goals that it could have addressed, but even as a settlement layer and global reserve it has the power to help separate money from state, which would do a huge amount of good in the world.
Other cryptos are already doing a lot of good too. In Venezuela they all mine ETH and it is helping them survive out there with no other options.
Alternatives with better distribution, incentives and scalability (ahem, nod and wink) are far better suited for some of the things many people want BTC to do… imo anyway.
BTC has been like a decade long ICO for a pre-mine store-of-value coin really. 99.9% of society still don’t own any, but almost all of the coins have been minted and are owned by people or lost at this point. It is just a scarce asset really, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t very useful.
This movement is evolving naturally and its course is set. BTC doesn’t need to get us there on its own, we’ll get there eventually.