Thursday, July 17, 2008

How to Stop Gossip, Rumour and Backbiting

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high
esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and
said, "Do you know what I just heard about your friend?"
"Hold on a minute," 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
friend, it might be a good idea to take a moment and filter what you're
going to say. That's why I call it the triple filter test. 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 friend 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 friend 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 & held in such high esteem.

6 comments:

kappi said...

;)

kappi said...

socrates sollittaa ketruvomaa? :))

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

I have always admired his wisdom!

ILA said...

@Kappi-Who bothers and for what, is matters :)

@Sameera-Is it? gr8 to hear.

Lena said...

i wish some people would follow this philosophy.. somehow we all are bitching too much about each other

**sigh**

*~*{Sameera}*~* said...

No updates?

Have a nice day!

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