Your Words are Valuable

Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom-

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

"Wait a moment," Socrates replied. "Before you tell me 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 student let's take a moment to 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?"

"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 the test though, because there is a third filter - 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.

MORAL OF THE STORY- Let's always try to "Talk" 'What's True', 'Good' about "Others" and 'Useful' for "All".

( Very relevant to daily life. sent to me as a forward.)
always enforce the right because it will give you peace of mind.
Dr.Hemant Mittal (MBBS, PGDPM)
Emotional, Behavioral, Relationships, Memory, Sleep and Sexual Health consultant at Mind Mantra
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  1. There is a much better test, mentioned in a book called the Bible. Written 2000 years ago for our benefit, God tells us:
    Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

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