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Rank: Coach Post Date: 15/07/2006 01:13:08 Points: 1045 Location: India

Many a times when we are hurt or feel bad about something we fail to think about our friends. I am sure you will like it as much as I have liked it.

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 are about 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.

If we all use use this triple filter each time we hear loose talk about any of our near & dear friends. I am sure we will all lead a healthy and happy life..

So what do you have to say about this???



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