I really enjoy reading your work! Allow me to play devil’s advocate for a moment. In your other article you stated “So to me, Crypto isn’t a religion. Rather, Crypto is the strongly held belief that because of these technologies, there’s going to be massive disruption and wealth creation (greater than the Internet), and the world’s going to be a better place”. Is that not also the core of religious belief? An unproven faith that a religious deity will one day bring about the rapture afterwards believer will have eternal salvation. Also, belief in that the deity can positively impact your present-day circumstances putting you in a better place.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m pro-religion and religions are a huge business unto themselves. It seems the current crypto passion is more based on religious tenets than practical real world applications. The use cases you mention don’t necessitate decentralization.
Also, you say “do you help someone appreciate that an algorithm is more trustworthy than their government”. Skepticism in your government is valid especially if you live in less developed nations. Currently citizens of those less developed nations have the hardest time acquiring crypto due to the cost (purchase and/or mining). For those that live in “First World Countries” like the US, Japan, etc. who hold the majority of crypto their loca fiat currencies are often propped up by soldiers with nuclear weapons, ten’s of thousands of businesses, politicians who create regulations, and a justice system that punishes offenders of those regulations. Why is an 10 year old algorithm supported only by an anonymous online community currently engaged in a civil war more trustworthy than government institutions that have been around for centuries?