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Wisdom

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Published: 07 Jun 2020

In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.
One day an acquaintance, Odysseys ran up to him excitedly.
Odysseus
Odysseus
Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes ?
Socrates
Socrates
Wait a moment.
Socrates
Socrates
Before you tell me I'd like you to pass a little test. It's called the Triple Filter Test.
Odysseus
Odysseus
Triple Filter?
Socrates
Socrates
That's right.
Socrates
Socrates
Before you talk to me about Diogenes let's take a moment to filter what you're going to say.
Socrates
Socrates
The first filter is Truth.
Socrates
Socrates
Have you made absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?
Odysseus
Odysseus
No.
Odysseus
Odysseus
Actually I just heard about it.
Socrates
Socrates
All right. So you don't really know if it's true or not.
Socrates
Socrates
Now let's try the second filter, the filter of Goodness.
Socrates
Socrates
Is what you are about to tell me about Diogenes something good?
Odysseus
Odysseus
No, on the contrary .....
Socrates
Socrates
So you want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, even though you're not certain it's true?
Odysseus shrugged, a little embarrassed.
Socrates
Socrates
You may still pass the test though, because there is a third filter, the filter of Usefulness.
Socrates
Socrates
Is what you want to tell me about Diogenes going to be useful to me?
Odysseus
Odysseus
No, not really.
Socrates
Socrates
Well. If what you want to tell me is neither True nor Good nor even useful, why tell it to me or anyone at all?
The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was having an affair with his wife.
Too bad more people don’t utilize the test today.






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