Don't substitute ability for character

There is a lot of respect for people with a high level of ability. Those who excel in their skills much beyond others rightfully earn respect.
Even if they are lacking in character, their ability earns them respect. Shall we say ability supersedes character? Lack of character is ignored in light of great ability.
This may be due to the high value we give to performance. This may be the case for actors, athletes, politicians, doctors, and preachers. If their performance is exceptional, their lack of character is ignored.
I wonder how society would be if character was the point of entry for those who “perform” various public tasks with high visibility?
There has to be another way.
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