Character drives skill and talent, for better or worse.
Egos are shaped by the dreams and actions of care providers. Some are given opportunities to act out fantasies for long periods, only to find there was a lot less of the wherewithal to move mountains than might have been apparent.
Hype used to count for a lot more than it does in current times. Maybe the purveyors of ‘fake news’ have done a good deed in displaying how misleading surface appearances can be.
The cultural landscape is barely recognisable after a few decades, but the story is still being told.
The long game is the one that provides accurate perspective, in the fullness of time.