In the dialogue between Socrates and Polus, Polus asks Socrates to define what flattery is. He defines it as a type of rhetoric. Flattery is focused on giving pleasure rather then seeking out a true benefit for the other person. Socrates even went on to say that the branches of flattery are imitation of true knowledge. Which would imply that those who seek the flatter others do not have a sense of true knowledge. Those who flatter could be people pleasers who find their gratification by the happiness of others. In my opinion, it it good to flatter another if you truly desire their happiness and you think it is acceptable and timely. But if you constantly flatter others without regard to what you are saying then you lack true knowledge. There is a quote that states, “flattery will get you no where” and I believe it is true. Of course sweet, aimless compliments can make you seem genuine but in the end it is your character that determines your end. Flattery seeks pleasure rather than the general good of the people. That is why those who are constant flatters reach a low end because the do not seek the common good, a virtuous goal held in high regards.

 

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