Triple Filter Test

Keep this philosophy in mind the next time you either hear or are about to repeat a rumour.
In ancient Greece, Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students?
Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test. Triple filter, asked the acquaintance."That's right," Socrates continued.
"Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to 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."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, even though you're not certain it's true. The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates continued," You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter - 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?"
The man was defeated and ashamed.
What do you think?
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16 comments:

  1. I think this is beautiful and wise. We can all learn from this. Thank you, surjit.

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  2. I think this will stop me from gossipping so much.

    Very USEFUL and GOOD and TRUE post, Surjit :)

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  3. Great Post. Too bad more people aren't following this advice.

    Reminds me in a way of Ann Landers. She once wrote that there are 3 kinds of people in the world - Those that talk about people, those that talk about things, and those that talk of ideas. I have always tried to be in the last category. Drives my wife Nuts.

    Beamer

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  4. hi surjit...very good post..n something very useful for us n its really true! Have a great day ..god bless!

    best wishes
    anits

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  5. Thanks Rebecca,for your words of appreciation.
    God bless.

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  6. Welcome Loving Annie.I am glad that you have liked the post.
    God bless.

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  7. Welcome and thanks Beamer, for adding your valuable insights making my post more meaningful:
    ..'there are 3 kinds of people in the world - Those that talk about people, those that talk about things, and those that talk of ideas...'
    God bless.

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  8. Thanks Anits, for your encouraging words.Have a nice day.
    God bless.

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  9. wnderful advise dear brother..

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  10. Thanks Dipti,for your words of appreciation.
    God bless.

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  11. I think these 3 filters, if put to use, would make the world much more peaceful and loving. I have noticed how much of our interacting is based on nothing but gossip which fails all 3 tests.

    We can change the world with our individual diligence in this matter.

    Hugs,
    Betty

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  12. Betty, I fully subscribe to your views:
    ..'We can change the world with our individual diligence in this matter..'
    Thanks for sharing your insights.
    God bless.

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  13. Surjit, thank you for commenting on my blog. You have helped break the trance of my self-pity and remember my true Self. Thank you.

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  14. Very wise words. One should use these 3 filters in one's everyday life.

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  15. Thanks Rebecca, for your kind words. You are a noble person.
    God bless.

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  16. Welcome and thanks BK for sharing your insights.
    God bless.

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