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Ancient Greek Wisdom?

Posted: 08 Sep 2019, 09:37
by Tomliner

Keep this in mind the next time you are tempted to repeat a rumour or spread gossip. In ancient Greece (469 - 399 BC), Socrates was widely lauded for his wisdom.
One day an acquaintance ran up to him excitedly and said "Socrates, do you know what I just heard about Diogenes?"
"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?" asked the acquaintance.
"That's right" Socrates continued "Before you talk to me about Diogenes 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".
"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 Diogenes something good?"
"No, on the contrary..."
"So" Socrates continued "You want to tell me something about Diogenes that may be bad, 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 Diogenes 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 or anyone at all?"
The man was bewildered and ashamed. This is an example of why Socrates was a great philosopher and held in such high esteem.
It also explains why Socrates never found out that Diogenes was banging his wife.
:) EricT

Re: Ancient Greek Wisdom?

Posted: 08 Sep 2019, 12:38
by Airspeed
I thought that sounded familiar, Eric. *-)
With the greatest respect, I direct your Honour's attention to the afternoon of the tenth of November, two thousand and eleven, when your Honour made a similar submission to the Members of this Organisation.
I further contend that I got a laugh on both occasions, to whit : :lol: and :lol:
I rest my case, your Honour. :OB:

Re: Ancient Greek Wisdom?

Posted: 08 Sep 2019, 14:23
by FlyTexas
If it would please the court I would like to speak with the Judge privately in her chambers.
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Brian :wasntme:

Re: Ancient Greek Wisdom?

Posted: 08 Sep 2019, 16:09
by Tako_Kichi
Oooo errr missus! She could bang my gavel any day of the week!

:agree: :lol:

Re: Ancient Greek Wisdom?

Posted: 09 Sep 2019, 09:26
by FlyTexas
Tako_Kichi wrote: 08 Sep 2019, 16:09 Oooo errr missus! She could bang my gavel any day of the week!

:agree: :lol:
:lol: :lol: :thumbsup:

Brian

Re: Ancient Greek Wisdom?

Posted: 09 Sep 2019, 09:32
by 511Flyer
Dodgy knees is no laughing matter. I struggle to get around the golf course, and it's even worse when the missus wants to go shopping.

;)

Re: Ancient Greek Wisdom?

Posted: 09 Sep 2019, 17:48
by Dev One
So crates of beer are also beyond your capability to carry?
Ohh dear, too many tangents appearing?
Keith