Aspiring Lurker (He/Him)
Look, I really, really like 5E. I'm choosing to play it, and I'm choosing to run two campaigns in it.Why are you playing D&D?
I don't feel like writing out a treatise on the strengths of D&D right now.
It's all been said before.
What is perplexing me here is why you are playing a game where you can't see the strengths of it.
I have a group of friends who've been gaming together for decades. That group is playing Pathfinder 1E, which I'm tired of, probably terminally. I'd rather spend time with those friends, playing a suboptimal game than not spend time with them at all. I'm sure I'm not the only person who has gaming friends, where the expected social context is gaming.
Also, one of the strengths of D&D (at least 5E) is its flexibility. If someone wants to re-write the non-mechanical bits of the Monk class to play a tribal fighter, that's excellent and awesome. If someone has a character concept that requires straddling a couple classes, and the player and the DM are both cool with this, that's excellent and awesome. It's not the only way to play, of course, but it's not wrong at all.