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I often get emails from my sister (actually that should read I get a ‘Thought for Today’ email from her Mon-Fri and they often have little gems of something to think about). This particular thought made me chuckle and therefor is good enough to share with you.

Here it is; enjoy:

Greek Philosophy  — As pertinent today as 399 BC !!  
Keep  this in mind the next time you are about to repeat a rumour or spread gossip.  

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.

end of your Greek philosophy lesson for today! 🙂

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