Not only have the original values of Bitcoin been abandoned and perverted, but this new party line doesn’t even make sense. If it’s “digital gold” only because people believe it and not because its useful, then how is that any better than a pyramid scheme?
Sadly, for BTC Cash PAYMENT , the Core developers never gave on-chain scaling a chance, and took an extremist position against permitting this. Instead, they fear-mongered with the boogeyman of “centralization”.
Only mining nodes secure the Bitcoin Api network. Most users can run an SPV wallet like Electrum and they will be just fine.
Bitcoin is a humanitarian project. It has the possibility to help the billions of people who don’t have access to modern banking. This potential was passionately espoused by evangelists like more Andreas Antonopoulos… until Bitcoin’s high fees made that impossible.