It might be good idea to take The Triple-Filter Test

The Triple-Filter Test
In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold
knowledge in high esteem. One day an
acquaintance met the great philosopher and said,
“Do you know what I just heard about your friend?”
“Hold on a minute,” Socrates replied. “Before you
talk to me about my friend, it might be good idea
to take a moment and filter what you’re going to
say. That’s why I call it the triple filter test.
The first filter is Truth. Have you made
absolutely sure that what you are about to tell me is true?”
“Well, 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?”
“Umm, no, on the contrary…”
“So,” Socrates continued, “you want to tell me
something bad about my friend, 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?”

 

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