For someone coming to crypto around the time NXT was launched and being a programmer especially I never understood the whole concept (or the fun) of mining. Apart from the fun some people might have in setting up their "mining rigs" I don't see any reason to burn so much capital just for the sake of finding consensus, it might have been a good solution before
POS but after wards I see no point to it all.
When I think of bitcoin mining (or any form of "mining") this image comes to mind.
I bet most 16 year olds get really exited about such a car, I know I did back then.
Now I sort of laugh about it and feel sorry for the owner.