There was a time when the term character was used to describe the quality of an individual. People of character were individuals who made good choices in spite of difficult situations. They chose to meet the challenges when they were tested by adversity. As a result of their actions and the depth of their character, these individuals were held in high regard, trusted and relied upon.
Character was a trait of very high value.
Today, the word and concept of character is largely absent from the measurement of a person. Emphasis seems increasingly focused, if not completely, on what one has, or appears to have, rather than the caliber of person that one is.
While tangible things can be repeatedly won and lost, character is who you are, and what you believe.