One can only imagine what it was like for one’s forebears, especially those who dedicated their lives to creative work. They should be acknowledged for their achievements.
On the other hand, we are living through remarkable times right now. How will those experiences be remembered if we don’t engage with them directly?
Some folks might be in the right place at the right time. They are able to derive gains from the current state of affairs. A lasting legacy is a different issue.
Following one’s own muse is often a lonely path. We arrive in the world one by one, however.
There is a lot to be said in favour of allowing nature to run its course.