It's not the actions that people are glorifying, I don't think.
the flying skill - learned from video games! - demanded some respect, but what people identify with is his wonderment at being lost in his own life.
It's something many people experience, but most know, somehow, to keep moving forward.
he didn't know.
or he lost the thread.
he wandered off, fatally, like Herzog's penguin.
he was the outlier, the one we can look at and think, "There, but for the grace of God, go I."