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Offline Roie

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Philosophy- Socrates
« on: September 19, 2008, 10:09:58 AM »
Keep this philosophy in mind the next time you hear or are about to
repeat a rumor.

In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his
wisdom. One day the great philosopher 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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Offline Ann

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Re: Philosophy- Socrates
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2008, 10:22:51 AM »
hehehehehe.... if people in the town where I live were to apply the Test of Three, one, nobody would ever speak to each other; two, loads of affairs would not be discovered; three, the weekends would be a lot more boring. ;D
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Offline Oceanbeach

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Re: Philosophy- Socrates
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2008, 11:45:09 AM »
I guess I got my education on Bar Napkins because I remember Socrates, Plato, and Frank Sinatra  ;D  Have the best day

Offline BT65

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Re: Philosophy- Socrates
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2008, 08:16:55 PM »
I think the greatest thing Socrates ever said was "Know thyself."  It's a goal I would someday like to have fully accomplished.
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