Socrates

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by Dave Payn, Jul 6, 2004.

  1. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom. One day the great philosopher came upon an acquaintance who 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. But he never did find out which student was sh***ing his wife.
     
  2. 2nd man down

    2nd man down Moderator Staff Member

    you're amazing dave, you really are. :roll:
     
  3. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    Oldie but a goodie........
     
  4. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    Nice to see the old ones are being dragged out again, sort of like Only Fools and Horses, but shorter and more painful...
     
  5. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    It's 'cos I know you love 'em! ;-)
     
  6. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Mind you, he often played away himself :shock: :wink: :lol:
     
  7. Okiedokie of Oz

    Okiedokie of Oz Active Member

    I'd believe that.....
     
  8. WhatSharp?

    WhatSharp? Active Member

    thats my cue ......

    Immanuel Kant was a real pissant
    Who was very rarely stable.

    Heidegger, Heidegger was a boozy beggar
    Who could think you under the table.

    David Hume could out-consume
    Wilhelm Freidrich Hegel,

    And Wittgenstein was a beery swine
    Who was just as schloshed as Schlegel.

    There's nothing Nietzche couldn't teach ya
    'Bout the raising of the wrist.
    Socrates, himself, was permanently pissed.

    John Stuart Mill, of his own free will,
    On half a pint of shandy was particularly ill.

    Plato, they say, could stick it away--
    Half a crate of whiskey every day.

    Aristotle, Aristotle was a bugger for the bottle.
    Hobbes was fond of his dram,

    And René Descartes was a drunken fart.
    'I drink, therefore I am.'

    Yes, Socrates, himself, is particularly missed,
    A lovely little thinker,
    But a bugger when he's pissed
     
  9. Dave Payn

    Dave Payn Active Member

    Give that man a medal! One of my favourite Python songs! ;-)
     
  10. lynchie

    lynchie Active Member

    doesn't quite have the same clout with all the beeps, but a praiseworthy attempt none the less! :D
     
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