Saturday 24 November 2012

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

with thanks to KB:

Subject: Socrates..

In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), 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 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 Diogenes 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 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 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 Diogenes 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 or anyone at all?" 
 The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem. 
It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was shagging his wife. 


  1. Aristotle maintained that women have fewer teeth than men; although he married twice, it never occurred to him to verify this statement. - Prof. Bertrand Russell, Impact of Science on Society, 1951

  2. Sir,

    What you don't know don't hurt. Ignorance is bliss.

    Btw, Aristotle don't mind his friend doing him a favor by full filling the biological needs of his wife. Some people are like that so at the end of the day,to each his own as long as nobody gets hurt.

  3. In a book that I've read, it is believed that Socrates is known as Luqman al-Hakim, only God knows...