Monday, 19 December 2011

Private Breath


One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?"

"Wait a moment," Socrates replied, "Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test."
'Triple filter?" asked the acquaintance.

"That's right," Socrates continued, "Before you talk to me about Diogenes let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say. 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 Diogenes something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you're not certain it's true?"

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed. Socrates continued, "You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness. Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes 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 or anyone at all?" 

The man was bewildered and ashamed.


This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

    • Carla Green good advice
      August 4 at 11:27pm ·  ·  2

    • Tim Rea Nice.
      August 4 at 11:34pm ·  ·  1

    • Tim Rea Just....nice.
      August 4 at 11:36pm ·  ·  1

    • Navneet Singh · Friends with Poetry N Art
      Sharing it...Thanx a lot.
      August 4 at 11:38pm ·  ·  1

    • Marie Noelle Copin-Heurtebise j aime
      August 4 at 11:45pm ·  ·  1

    • Memon Kashif man of sublime thoughts.
      August 5 at 12:11am ·  ·  2

    • ‎:)
      August 5 at 12:34am ·  ·  1

    • Ranjan Ravi sharing
      August 5 at 12:53am ·  ·  1

    • ty
      August 5 at 1:15am ·  ·  1

    • Jim Cole ‎"The unexamined life is not worth living." Socrates
      August 5 at 1:19am ·  ·  2

    • Richard Lavin This is an excellent story. Thank you. I wrote a blog post on Socrates a couple of years ago. Someone left a comment on in in Greek. I wonder if any of your friends, Jawaid, can translate it for me. http://talltchr.blogspot.com/2009/04/socrates.html

      talltchr.blogspot.com
      August 5 at 1:41am ·  ·  2 · 

    • Gill Gossling A wonderful reminder: To keep resisting the temptation to gossip. Thank you Jawaid. Blessings
      August 5 at 2:07am ·  ·  1

    • Patty Szakacs · Friends with Ranjan Ravi and 1 other
      Thank you Jawaid,..wisdom.
      August 5 at 2:21am ·  ·  1

    • Emily-Milli Andrew thanks...;)
      August 5 at 5:10am ·  ·  1

    • i agree to that...not good for a person to make gossips or tell a story without studying them deeply or wether or not they are useful or of worth.What makes a person feel good to talk about might only ruin herself/himself, if the tongue speaks of things with uncertainties.Indeed,it's better not to speak of things with uncertainties or be caught in the act of fabrication...shameful she is,if she dooes!
      August 5 at 1:20pm ·  ·  3

    • Poetry N Art good...........
      August 5 at 2:32pm ·  ·  1

    • Trish M. Monaghan · Friends with Ranjan Ravi

      Some people would rather hear gossip than fact, and too frequently people jump to hear the worst about someone...the "juicier" the bettter. Gossip is the fodder for idle minds...much like the junk in the tabloids. When it hits close to ho...See More

      August 5 at 10:22pm ·  ·  2

    • Jawaid Siddiq ‎"Loose lips sink ships." ♥ Beautiful
      August 5 at 11:14pm ·  ·  1

    • Farhat F. Mansoob Jawaid,,,,,,,a valuable sharing,,,,

      "Well," concluded Socrates, "If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?" sharing....
      I WISH I COULD BORN IN HIS TIME!!

      August 6 at 4:41am ·  ·  3

    • Paula Slade · Friends with Gordon Taylor and 1 other
      Excellent!
      August 7 at 3:17am ·  ·  1

    • Hilde Ikke · Friends with Henk Lütter and 1 other
      nice, thank you dear friend!! have a nice day!
      August 7 at 2:45pm ·  ·  1

    • Cairo-Egypt SoulSayer EXCELLENT Post !!!!!!
      Thank You Jawaid :)

      August 7 at 4:48pm ·  ·  1

    • Mohan Shah Nice post
      September 17 at 7:48pm ·  ·  1

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