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How to Stop Gossip, Rumour and Backbiting
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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?"

 

 

This  is  why  Socrates  was  a  great  philosopher  &  held  in  such  high esteem.

 
 

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