The Tripple Filter Test


I’m not sure this is always a good idea all the time seeing how things turned out for Socrates. Still, we must not dabble with things that have no place in out lives, whether we are listening to it, or actively participating in it. Keep your nose clean, and stay below the radar. “…ofthestory.”

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem.

One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said,

Socrates, 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. 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 but one reason why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem. Of course, it also explains why he never found out his best friend was sleeping with his wife. Hmmmm….

Apparently Socrates was involved in a marriage he should not have been. Wonder where his logic was at that time? LOL.