Eagle is simply another rank. The fact that people have turned into something more is part of the problem, in that it has become the purpose of scouting, rather than one part of the scouting journey.
Yes it is another rank. The highest rank in the BSA. And if it wasn't a special achievement, more boys would earn it.
I know exactly what it takes to earn it. I can recall the date of my EBOR as easily as my children's birthdays. It is special to me, I wear the square knot, but it's still just another rank.
My comment was on the way adults, both scouters and parents, over-emphasize the advancement method at the expense of the other methods of scouting.
When people ask me about my experience, yeah, I do mention my Eagle. But I also talk about the various camping trips, summer camp and summer camp staff, my involvement in Order of the Arrow, and attending the 1989 National Jamboree, among other things.