Still not following? Well look at it this way: besides the personalized experience, what is the difference between editing a black and white JPEG from your digital camera and a black and white scan JPEG? They’re both JPEGs, right? Essentially there isn’t much of a difference. You’re not going to take advantage of most of the tonality in the scene, and you’re surely not going to get most of what a film like Tri-X and Acros can do. The only way that you’re going to get that is by actually developing the film to way you like.
A TIFF file scan probably won’t create the largest tonal zone for you to get from the film. Scanning your photos in with a DSLR won’t take the fullest advantage of what’s on the film either. The only thing that genuinely will is printing.
So why don’t we print more? At least in my eyes as a society this makes no sense. At the same time, why can’t we just go shoot our JPEGS and be happy with the images as they are by customizing the color profiles within the camera? Now I’m not saying don’t do something like shoot RAW and JPEG, but instead, I’m trying to rationalize being content with what a camera and lens give you based on what they are. You can shoot and appreciate the look that you’ll get right out of the camera due to their own in-processing algorithms. You can think about it as film: Kodak looks different from Fujifilm. Ilford and Kodak differ on their looks, etc.
And if you’re importing RAWs, often what folks do is just a bit of sharpening and contrast. So why not just get that in-camera to begin with?