Socrates And The Triple Filter Test

This is a short moral story about Greek Philosopher, Socrates. In ancient times, Socrates (Philosopher) in Greece were considered in High esteem for their knowledge.

Socrates And The Triple Filter Test
Socrates (470 – 399 BC), Greek (Athenian) philosopher, Image Source

One day a follower of great philosopher went to him and started saying, “Do you know what things I just heard about one of your friends?”

Just before he could say anything further philosopher interrupted him saying, “Hold on a minute. Before you tell me about my friends it would be good to just wait for the moment and filter what you are going to say. I call it a Triple Filter Test”

Philosopher continued, “the First filter is Truth.. Have you made sure that whatever you are going to tell me, is True?”

“Well no, Actually I just heard about it..” replied man.

“OK. So you are not sure if it’s true or not,” Socrates.

He continued, “Now, let’s try the second filter. It’s filter of Goodness. The thing you are going to tell me about my friend, is it something good?”

“No, on contrary..” replied man.

Now Socrates said, “So, the thing you are going to tell me about my friend is bad and you are not sure if it’s true..”

He continued and said, “You may still pass the test. Because there is one filter left. The last filter is the filter of Usefulness. Is whatever you are going to tell me about my friends, is it going to be of any use to me?”

“No not really..” replied man

“Well” concluded Socrates and questioned to man, “If what you want to tell is neither true nor good and not even useful, then you don’t want to tell me about it at all??”

Moral:

If we get to know something we should check if it’s True. When it’s about friendship or relationship all bonds are built on trust. We should n just trust any rumor about people close to us. The Happiness of your life depends on the quality of your Thoughts.

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