Humor: Plato on Salespeople

Monday, January 4, 2010 , Posted by Johnny Fuery at 1:38 AM

Originally Published 2008-01-23 15:48:47

I don't have any keen interest in blaspheming sales, salespeople, or the process. I love me some sales folks! Still, when I ran across this in my almost-daily brain food uptake (mmm, Plato, in an excerpt from The Republic), it made me laugh out loud:

"[If a craftsman cannot find a buyer for his goods,] is he to leave his calling and sit idle in the market-place?"

Not at all; he will find people there who, seeing the want, undertake the office of salesmen. In wellordered states they are commonly those who are the weakest in bodily strength, and therefore of little use for any other purpose; their duty is to be in the market, and to give money in exchange for goods to those who desire to sell and to take money from those who desire to buy."

Ironic, especially since we place such a high value on the ability to sell in modern capitalism. That and the fact that pretty much every salesperson I know is relatively athletic!


On 2008-01-23 16:16:07 Jan said:
interesting opinion...

On 2008-01-27 09:38:18 Kenric said:
Some people were just born for sales. Others just want to create and design stuff and couldn't care less if nobody else wanted it.

On 2008-01-28 04:03:33 TigerTom said:
I think Plato meant these sales folk weren't much use for ploughing fields or soldiering. They are opportunistic, being middlemen between buyer and manufacturer.

On 2008-01-30 01:50:31 Puine said:
ha ha good old Plato - there is a lot of fun to find in the Republic!

On 2008-01-30 14:36:28 iNTRaNeT said:
who was his mentor, was it aristotle or socrates?

On 2008-01-31 07:40:11 mieszkania said:
This proves that some things are universal and apply regardless of era or tech level :)

On 2008-02-01 14:21:18 Atlanta Luxury Homes said:
Agree with mieszkania...

Love how sayings and quotes can be used for many many generations. We are so a product of our past!

On 2008-02-14 03:36:50 Mourt said:
Well..Let's divide all people for buyers and sellers!Which group will be large?

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