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Triple Filter Test......
13-10-2012, 12:14 PM
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Triple Filter Test......

Triple Filter Test

In ancient Greece, Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.

One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said,"Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?"

"Wait a moment," Socrates raplied,"Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."

"Beforre you talk to me about Diogenes let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say. The first filter is Truth. Have you made absoultely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man said,"Actually I just heard about it".

"All right," said Sccrates," So you don't really know if it's true or not. Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness. Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued," You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you're not certain it's true ?"

The man sgrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued,"You may still pass the third test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me ?"

"No, I'm not sure really"

"Well," concluded Socrates," If what you want to tell me is neither True nor good nor even Useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all ?"

The man was bewildered and ashamed......

Keep this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumour or spread gossip....!!!!
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