Socrates The Great Philosopher

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 why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem. It also explains why he never found out his best friend was screwing his wife.

LackofabetterName LackofabetterName 22-25, M 17 Responses Jan 31, 2013

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OMG... I do feel so sorry for his wife. Would have taken a while for her to get to the business end of things.


Thank you! I enjoyed that.

Good one!

That's funny!

XD that's funny. Though I'm not sure why it shouldn't be very useful info to him =p

it\'s just a joke and usefulness is judged differently by the one who perceives it... :)

True, guess the guy who was about to tell it wouldn\'t care if his wife would screw another or not =p


and they live happily ever after...

Hooray ;-)!


*perhaps he was also his best friend...*

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An interesting definition on what constitutes knowledge. :)

Great post, it made me laugh.

Wtf... Did I just read

This is so hilarious. I love it.

yeah, this is quite

Hey! I just came from your whiteboard. You must have known.

Sometimes with some things it just might be better not to know. Cool user name by the way.

i think it would be better to know that thanks

LOL and lived happy for that would be bad news and maybe the end:-)

Lol, irl I don't think he cared much about that. We don't know if the reports about him in books are as accurate either.

But happiness is just a decision made from the heart.

Socrates wished people to speak, not silence them... bad joke.

that is true.... but.... although i have never read about him yet.....

i know something else about Socrates, that no one knows....

really now... if no one know it, does that make you to nothing for knowing?

Well, some secrets are better not revealed..... people will reveal themselves when they seen you have it..... think the ring in lotr, the illusions in the inception. They will attack you and kill you to preserve themselves.....

perhaps, though lotr is just a story and it does not have to be that way

It might sound gory, but i think its the reason why it is still hidden for so long... of course its just a metaphor and an idea (archetype) but all idea exists for a reason.... everything that didn't exist will never exist in the first place....

... socrates is just a man in the end, even if the knowledge had some use, it no longer is of use. If it had meaning, there would be a key like solemon, though socrates was a rational thinker. No things need to be hidden, except if people fear the knowledge. Then people themselves erase the trace, though the truth do not change.

he is just a man.... that is the point, people fear the knowledge.... perhaps you understand it better than everyone....

there is a key of course... whether people will find it or not is not my responsibility....

A key, only of use to those who need that truth. People are unreasonable in their fears, and I see no reason to seek a knowledge that holds no value to me. If there was a knowledge worth knowing, those who need it should seek it. I doubt either way such a knowledge would be worth someones time. Socrates never was much of a spiritual guy... I prefer to find the key of Solemon, for that treasure can hold a value for one such as me. Of course, it is not your responsibility, your not the one who made the key, neither are you socrates. However, Socrates knowledge can be found in any book with his wisdom in. Considering that, his key must lead to only a mirror...

Perhaps, but the whole life is a gamble... reason we live is that we unconsciously put ourselves to a test that our gambles (lives) is worth living for....

Key of Solemon? sounds like witchcraft, perhaps another name for the stone?

It is not what it seems, it takes shape on the person who holds it.... it is just a part of you....

Life is only a gamble to those who do not know what they are inn for.

The key of solemon is not another name for the stone. It is a name on something of greater importance.

That I understand

Or so true:-)))))))))

The Key of Solomon is GOD and what and who is God! Solomon built the first temple with the aid of demons! There is text out there from the Jews about this:-)

Key of Solemon?=The Key of Solomon

.... I think I am grasping that last line better now. Life is a gamble, You play the game knowing it is a gamble, some even downplay themselves just to make the gamble more fun.

Predicting or knowing the posibilities to a gamble might seem that it isn't a gamble for some but it doesn't equate that it is not a gamble.

When someone thinks that "something" is not as important it would be evident that it is not a thing they would further understand.

It's not that it's not important, it is just that it holds no value for me. That something is not what I need to continue the game of life. If others find value in such relics and words, I might have found use in it at some time. However, I am past the knowledge of Socrates. His wisdom is not that which I need at this point. Understanding something and needing something is different. I understand, but have no use for such.

"As" important. There would be a time and place where distinctions are not as important. Check the other guy's whiteboard.

Sit. Stay. Good joke. Sit. Stay. Good joke. Good joke. Roll over. Play dead. Good joke.

Barlong how do you know so much about Socrates? You don't look that old.

We had about him in history, both at child school and through most schools after. Beside, I am interested in the old ages, so I might read about it in my spare time where his name of course comes up.

Oh! So you're just repeating gossip. I thought you knew him personally. Pardon me. I'm a little slow.

... I feel like I know him like that. ^_^'

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Very good but I think that that would have been quite "useful" to have known.

thats a matter of opinion...

To be wise doesn't mean to have knowledge of all things,thanks for sharing.

Being wise is not everything.

being wise means you look in all corners

Unfortunately circles don't have any corners.

who said its a circle? thats cheap wordplay. lol


i only know that i know nothing...

Monster, there's always room for a fool. Pull up a chair. Make yourself comfortable.

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Hahahahaah this is awesome xD

+4. lol thanks

I like that but that last line is mean! I don't think its funny after the philosophy lesson.

at some point, it was suppose to be mean. you dont choose the truth and you should listen to an idea before rejecting it.