These modern helmets serve their exact purpose delightfully well, displacing impact. Bell/Giro go well beyond the testing standards to design safety into their products. They own an american football helmet company as well, which they draw data from regarding strength and engineering.
Consider the impact zones on a car. Looking at a car after even a moderate speed crash, you'd think everyone dead. but you and I both know it is made to go to bits to protect the contents.
If you can't figure out a way to take care of your own stuff a bit better, then consider a hard case for your helmet, much like eyeglasses. Just because Gianni never wore one, and wouldn't pay to cushion their squid, I guess that is the guide by which we should decide? Most of them also smoke cigarettes. remember how everyone USED to do that, too?
once kivilev expired, the bunch got smart. when durand tried to "protest" by taking off his helmet, then attacking right into a motorbike, it was over.
yes, some will choose not to wear a helmet. I used to never wear one if it was over 30c, forget it.
now, I would not consider riding to the corner store without one. but by all means, knock yourself out, literally.