The Socrates Triple Filter Test
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.“
“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?“
I was suddenly inspired to post that up after Zureen (ex campmate) showed me how losers on friendster went and create an ‘anti-zureen’ group where they make fun of her and people like her and all their innocent friends just because they’re excessively upbeat all the time. Its just plain useless to create these group other than to ruin someones teenhood with gossip and namecalling.
Oh. After having a long and interesting latenight conversation with Miko chan (classmate), She believes I have an ability.
An ability to induce people to feel so comfortable enough to say anything to me. Like sending out calming signals for short. Which I just notice has a strand of truth to it. I do feel capable of forging a no secret relationship with a total stranger in around 24 hours.
I know I haven’t been blogging. Exam is in 20 ish more days. I’ll most probably take a blogging examination leave soon. Maybe leaving an entry or two on demand. I recently realised that I’ve been underestimating this blog. There are a lot more subscriber and silent readers visiting than I thought and I’m flatterred :j
keep of subscribing!
and to end…,
HAVE A HAPPY AND SAFE HARI RAYA!
Now don’t go and cause any accidents now you hear? This is prime accident period here. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.