I tend to agree. I don't understand why people elevate others as holy, why people celebrate prophets' and saints' birthdays, why people go to prophets' and saints' graves and shrines etc etc etc.
I find it utterly useless. Those chaps are out of the world, and if we choose to learn from them, then still we do not need to 'pay respect' to them and elevate them to the sky. Elevating a character has nothing at all to do with following someones wise teaching or so. People badly mix up cherishing the message vs cherishing the messenger. They are two quite opposite things.
We have ourselves, our flaws, our minds and Allah. We should work hard on improving ourselves and praying to Allah for success in this. We should cut the crap and get real. But people like to live in fairy land and love to tell each other tales of narnia.
What is 'holy' anyway? It's a useless word. It has come to be a label for things that people elevate beyond reason and subsequently don't allow to be questioned. That's what 'holy' has come to mean. 'Holy' is the description of people's dear and untouchable queens, kings, swords, goblets and magic books of fairy land.
People use 'holy' when they refer to something they worship (also unknowingly). 'Holy' is just an intensifier. It is used when people want to show what they hold dearly, close to their hearts... even if it is just a mental image stemming from fairy tales of people long ago dead. Even worse... people take items and objects as holy, especially pieces of teeth, hair or other body parts, or pieces of clothing, that allegedly (correct or false) belonged to a prophet, saint or similar.