They are not, the people is. Individuals are relatively powerless and can do absolutely nothing about anything without joining up with other individuals. Alone they are impotent, ignorant, but self-important and grandiose with the narcissism of individualistic ideology in capitalism.
>Mortals are powerful, arbiters of destiny.
Mortal men on their lonesome are no arbiters of anything let alone destiny, destiny is the arbiter of them until they come together as one to become THE arbiter of destiny, history and the world. Mortals are insipid bootstrap-pullers full of themselves who will never recognize the gifts the people bestowed upon them.
Individuals are born and killed, but the people is forever.