We generally place be among the linguistic parts that represent actions. But it obviously does no such thing, which makes it stick out from the rest of them. Our universe requires that there be a place in a sentence for a verb. But where we cannot find a suitable verb, we put in be. But that is only syntactical bureaucracy. We know that be is not really a verb.
I wonder if there are cultures that accord their be with its own category, like with a name other than verb? Or does there exist such word in English already? Do you know?
If you discount be as a verb because it is not an action, then you must discount sit, lie, lean, or any other word used to describe a static situation. Merriam-Webster describes a verb as a word that “expresses an act, occurrence, or mode of being.” I think the broader definition takes care of thee problem.