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Wise thoughts from a wise man
« on: November 07, 2003, 05:50:16 PM »
Curtesy of GM Bautista

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'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,  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?"
 "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, 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.

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Re:Wise thoughts from a wise man
« Reply #1 on: November 07, 2003, 07:13:23 PM »
Thank you Sigung Bishop and GM Bautista for sharing that insightful story.  Is it ok if I print it out for some of my students?

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Re:Wise thoughts from a wise man
« Reply #2 on: November 16, 2003, 01:22:19 AM »
By all means, I have no problem with that. I had to ask permission also to the person who sent it to me. We call it sharing. Glad you injoyed.
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Re:Wise thoughts from a wise man
« Reply #3 on: November 16, 2003, 06:06:29 PM »
Thank you GM Bautista.  I am sure that my students will enjoy it also.

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