Greek Philosophy

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by MRSH, Mar 24, 2004.

  1. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    North Lancing
    In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), 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?"

    "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. This is the reason Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.

    It also explains why he never found out that Plato was b*****g his wife.
  2. Well Worth It

    Well Worth It Active Member

    Socrates had a penchant for little boys anyway, so I'm sure he wouldn't have been bothered!!
    Good story though.
  3. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    South London
    excellent! sometimes I feel like my lunch hour is unproductive, but then I read something like that, and I feel I've learnt something... maybe...

    of course all this philosophy stuff gets me thinking about confuscious...

    confuscious say "man who walk through airport door sideways, going to bangkok" etc etc...
  4. akwarose

    akwarose Active Member

    Milton Keynes
    hehe... i never heard that one b4!!! :p ;)
  5. Bassment Jinx

    Bassment Jinx Member

    :) Where do you get this all from MRSH?
  6. MRSH

    MRSH Supporting Member

    North Lancing
    I wouldn't be able to entertain everybody on here if I told you that :wink: :D :) :D
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