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If socrates was the greatest looking man alive, would he have been put to death?

People who look better seem to be taken so much more seriously.
People pay more attention to them, and they are let of the hook more often.
Why is this, why do we place so much importance on looks?
This is a series of questions.


  1. I personally don`t put any weight on looks really. But the world does because it thinks someone who is that good looking on the outside must be good on the inside. Thanks for the thought-provoking question.

  2. well we are always trying to improve our race, trying to evolve, trying to be the best we can be. we think that looking better is a way of evolving the species. i think if socrates was the best looking man on earth they sure would have thought twice about executing him.

  3. Who says he was the greatest looking? That is an opinion. There is no such thing as “greatest looking”. There are a lot of good lookiing people the are probably on the same “level”. What makes the better or worse is their character. Maybe socrates did not know how to get along socialy and made people mad. Knoweledge is how to save yourself, not how get yourself killed.

  4. We had no problem executing Ted Bundy, who was by most accounts a handsome, well-dressed but hip-enough guy.
    It’s hard for us to set aside our biases. We’re hard-wired to approve of people who are physically appealing, because those people are judged by the most primitive parts of our brains to be good breeding stock, necessary for the tribe. It takes a lot to overcome that bias.

  5. Because we are bound to what we see, even in our mind.
    Is it true that are smell is strongest sense correlated to our memory? We smell something and instantaneously we can remember a lost moment in our lives. If anything I think our sense of smell tells us a lot about what we as humans like
    and don’t like. We all want beauty. Most of us for that matter.
    Now I’m either going to make you laugh or discuss you. But
    I have more than one memory of my friends passing gas and trying to smell it. This shows me that we respect our own filth more so than other peoples filth. There is a degree of truth in our senses. But our senses always need to be accompanied by another sense to determine its authenticity. If you were blindfolded and were driven to a sea harbor how would you know what you were smelling wasn’t hot garbage at a land fill.
    Truth buried in lies or lies buried in truth?
    Freaking madness. Our eyes are only face value…

  6. Come on, Socrates was executed for being a smug, irritating little bugger. I don’t think society has reached a point where we feel the need to execute the ugly…
    The importance of looks actually seems to be biological. An infant, given the choice between two (unfamiliar) faces, will choose the one that is the most symmetrical. Of course, the unhealthy obsession with looks is cultural, and you are right to question it’s usefulness.
    However, it’s not always true that better-looking people are taken more seriously or let off the hook. Think Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, and that sad bunch. They’re national laughingstocks. Look at the celebrities who are “made examples of”, and prosecuted for minor offenses.
    Finally, I hold some stock in the theory that people are exactly where they want to be in life. If you want to be taken seriously, demand it.
    Don’t accept anything less. 🙂

  7. Acerbates was the handsome pupil of Socrates. He was reviled and exiled. It is likely that Socrates may have been more vulnerable because of the relationship.
    What killed Socrates was his willingness to ask honest questions. A pretty face would not have helped him.
    Women like Catherine Hepburn or Maggie Thatcher, and men like Winston Churchill and Socrates are a good example that looks are not so key for great achievement. These people would give a good example that character is of more importance.

  8. Sorry to say, but the basis of importance on looks is natural selection. We, as sexually reproducing organisms, instinctually desire certain traits, indicative of good genes, in a mate.

  9. If Socrates had been good-looking (aka, the Greek ideal) he would not have felt the need to practice dialetics in the first place. He would have felt more at home in Athens and may not have questioned it so vigorously.

  10. I think he was put to death because of his ideas, not his looks. I don’t know how he looked, but it might have made his end come quicker, not slower. People might have hated him more if he was good looking & a radical thinker.


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