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Triple Filter Test for Truth

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?”

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  1. pinky
    October 17, 2010 at 7:36 am

    nice one rajiv…this is the best way about get rid of gossip.
    Gossip is the Devil’s radio.”

  2. October 17, 2010 at 7:59 am

    Good one..also prevents cluttering of mind with useless information/gossip

  3. Bijal
    October 17, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    Absolutely right…

  4. Amisha
    October 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Good one

  5. dhriti
    October 21, 2010 at 3:48 am

    nice one !!

  6. October 21, 2010 at 9:24 am

    @ Pinky & Shammi – True, now we know how to deal with people who wants to gossip and how to respond them by putting them into triple filter 🙂

    @ Bijal – Thanks dear 🙂
    @ Amisha – Thank you Babhi 🙂
    @ Dhriti – Thanks dear 🙂

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