Wisdom Of Socrates


In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold wisdom and
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.”

“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

Is the wisdom of the above story good or useful to you?
Will it be able to help you manage your life better?

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4 responses to “Wisdom Of Socrates”

  1. Naomi says:

    What a great story… I know I’ve heard it before but we all need to be reminded… Wouldn’t it be wonderful at election time if all candidates were required to conduct their campaigns using these rules?????? Namaste Naomi

  2. SS Reddy says:

    Excellent wisdom. People are often bothered by others rather than thinking about them and the society in general.

  3. Mukesh says:

    The same story I heard with the great Indian philosopher Chankya. Anyways, it still remain a great lesson of life.

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