Real Philosophy

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  1. mrsid99

    mrsid99 TPF Supporters Supporting Member

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    In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was well known for
    his wisdom.

    One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who
    said excitedly, "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about
    one of your students?

    "Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before telling me anything
    I would 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 student, 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 student
    something good?"

    "Well, 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 student
    going to be useful to me?"

    "No, I suppose it isn't 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 the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held
    in such high esteem. It also explains why he never found out
    that Plato was banging his wife.
     
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    Man thats an easy way to make someone go away and keep you from getting annoyed :D
     
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    always on top of things that socrates ...
     
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    :lol: Nice one mrsid! This will be used several times i can assure you.
     

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