eHandout 16 - Pota-lamo - The Old Onion Seller

eHandout 16 - Pota-lamo - The Old Onion Seller - “Why not...

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e-Handout Business & Professional Ethics No. 16 Dr. David E. McClean The Old Onion Seller vs. The “Rationality” of Modern (Western) Economic Thought In a shady corner of the great market at Mexico City, was an old Indian named Pota-lamo. He had twenty strings of onions hanging in front of him. An American from Chicago came up and said: “How much for a string of onions?” “Ten cents,” said Pota -lamo. “How much for two strings?” “Twenty cents,” was the reply. “How much for three strings?” “Thirty cents,” was the answer. “Not much reduction in that,” said the American. “Would you take twenty - five cents?” “No,” said the Indian. “How much for the whole twenty strings,” replied the Indian. “I would not sell you my twenty strings,” replied the Indian.
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Unformatted text preview: “Why not? said the American. “Aren’t you here to sell your onions?” “No,” replied the Indian. “I am here to live my life. I love this market place. I love the crowds and the red serapes. I love the sunlight and the waving palmettos. I love to have Pedro and Luis come by and say: ‘Buenos D ias,’ and light cigarettes and talk about the babies and the crops. I love to see my friends. That is my life. For that I sit here all day and sell my twenty strings of onions. But if I sell all my onions to one customer, then is my day ended. I have lost my life that I love —and that I will not do.” From, The Gospel of the Red Man – An Indian Bible (Stories compiled by Ernest and Julia Seton)...
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