Maybe try to diversify your experience and resulting observations.
We have enough "coffee on the blockchain" and "everything but BTC is irrelevant" trolls here. The reason this sub exists is to offer diverse viewpoints, not be an /r/Bitcoin echo chamber.
It's not inflation proof that's retarded. Just because there's 21 million now doesn't mean everyone will agree there should be 21 million forever
If the BTC devs were willing to compromise on using it as peer to peer electronic cash why would they refuse on anything
Enjoy the crippled and non functioning coin dude
It's still sound money if it's incredibly cheap to transfer rather than expensive. In fact it is a better 'sound money' that way. Artificially limiting the transaction capacity and thus increasing the cost of transfer is not a property of 'sound money'. A crypto 'gold standard' is again not sound money; with Bitcoin you *don't need* a redeemable token on top of the asset (~Bretton Woods/gold standard) Bitcoin (Cash) *is the money*. P2P decentralized cash system.
How do miners sustain themselves? (pay their bills)
Today its nearly all paid for by the block reward.
The block reward halves every ~4yrs (next is in 2020, then 2024).
So in just a few years ON-CHAIN TRANSACTIONS MUST be at such a level as to sustain miners (tx fees-millions+ tx's/block).
So that leaves the crippled coin dying one of 2-ways...
1) Lightning becomes wildly successful, diverting most tx's OFF-Chain and thus miners cant sustain themselves with the small number of tx fees
2) Lightning never really succeeds (a multitude of reasons) and the 1-MB block cap doesnt allow near enough tx's for miners to sustain themselves with tx fees.
Bitcoin is supposed to be a censorship-resistant P2P electronic cash system, as defined by [Satoshi Nakamoto's whitepaper](https://www.bitcoin.com/bitcoin.pdf).
Cryptocurrencies are an excellent way for people to directly fund their favorite Youtubers & bloggers, while executives at Patreon & Paypal are selectively & subjectively censoring people.
Bitcoin was never supposed to be digital gold, digital lottery tickets, or your retirement fund.
If you want "truly safe and inflation proof to keep their wealth over the generations", then you should buy & store physical gold bullion, which has been a store of value for thousands of years, all over the world.
On the other hand, all the cryptocurrencies you see today could be worthless 10 years from now. That's because technology is always advancing, and 5-7 years from now a better P2P payment system could emerge. It might not even be a cryptocurrency.
Cryptocurrencies should be viewed as currencies & payment systems, not investments. HODLing a cryptocurrency is suicidal, because it kills off the underlying value (a censorship-resistant P2P electronic cash system).
Bitcoin BTC was hijacked, and crippled with small blocks & high fees, which is why the Bitcoin Cash version was created.
So instead of Bitcoin BTC being your own bank & P2P payment system, Blockstream / Core side is now telling everyone that Bitcoin BTC is digital gold & settlement layer for Blockstream projects like Lightning Network & sidechains.
In June 2015, raisethelimit drew this cartoon on a paper towel, summarizing the Blockstream business plan.
You know full well that Bitcoin BTC can no longer scale. When transactions rise, the blocks become full, and transaction fees explode to $50+, like what happened in Dec 2017 - Jan 2018. This was a [deliberate hijacking & sabotage of Bitcoin BTC](https://youtube.com/watch?v=0BZoKH-hX_o).