Triple Filter Test

Discussion in 'Just for Laughs' started by nugget, Apr 16, 2004.

  1. nugget
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    In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was well
    known for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher
    came upon an acquaintance who said excitedly,
    "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about
    one of your students?"

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

    "Triple filter?"

    "That's right," Socrates continued "Before you talk to
    me about my student, it might be a good idea to take
    a moment and filter what you're going to say.

    "The first filter is Truth. Have you made absolutely
    sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

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

    "All right," said Socrates. "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 my student something good?"

    "No, on the contrary ..."

    "So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me
    something bad about him, but you're not certain
    it's true. You may still pass the test though,
    because there's one filter left: the filter of
    Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about
    my student going to be useful to me?"

    "No, not really."

    "Well," concluded Socrates, "if what you want to tell
    me is neither true nor good nor even useful, why tell
    it to me at all?"

    This is why Socrates was a great philosopher and held
    in such high esteem.

    It also explains why he never found out that Plato was
    banging his wife. :bigcry
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  2. mattwest

    mattwest Megabyte Poster

    :D :lol:

    He he he he


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  3. SimonV
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    SimonV Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    :lolbang Good one Nugget :lol:
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