Socrates and the Test of Three...

Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 12:27 pm

One day in ancient Greece, the great philosopher Socrates came upon
an acquaintance, who ran up to him excitedly and said,
"Socrates, do you know what I just heard about one of your students...?"

"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me,
I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Test of Three."

"Test of Three?"

"That's correct," Socrates continued.
"Before you talk to me about my student let's take a moment to test
what you're going to say. The first test is Truth. Have you made
absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?"

"No," the man replied, "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 test, the test of Goodness.
Is what you are about to tell me about my student something good?"

"No, on the contrary..."

"So," Socrates continued, "you want to tell me something bad
about him even though you're not certain it's true?"

The man shrugged, a little embarrassed.

Socrates continued, "You may still pass though because
there is a third test - the filter of Usefulness. Is what you
want to tell me about my student 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?"

The man was defeated and ashamed and said no more.

This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

It also explains why Socrates never found out that Plato was banging his wife...

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Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 12:30 pm
@Region Philbis,
I guess he doesn't like rumors or gossip.
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Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 01:30 pm
i like, thumbs up for socrates
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Reply Thu 24 Jun, 2010 08:42 pm
@Region Philbis,
If everyone had to pass those same tests there would never be any political discussions on A2K.

And talk radio would be dead.
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Reply Fri 18 Feb, 2011 10:23 pm
@Region Philbis,
How I wish the whole world was more like him...

Why can't women do this when they gossip about each other?
Sometimes I think my gender is not very fond of critical thinking... (-____-)
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